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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joan Colby  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1939 in Chicago


-- Website -- http://www.joancolby.com
-- Joan Colby on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=joan+colby

E-Mail: -- joanmc@aol.com


Illinois Connection

Colby was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Elgin.

Biographical and Professional Information

Joan Colby has been widely published in journals including ''Poetry'', ''Atlanta Review'', ''GSU Review'', ''Portland Review'', ''South Dakota Review'', ''The Spoon River Poetry Review'', ''New York Quarterly'', ''the new renaissance'', ''Grand Street'', ''Epoch'', ''Mid-American Poetry Review'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''Kansas Quarterly'', ''The Hollins Critic'', ''Minnesota Review'', ''Western Humanities Review'', ''College English'', ''Another Chicago Magazine'' and many others. Along with her published books listed below, Colby has also written the chapbooks ''Eleven Poems'', ''Dream Tree'', ''Chagall Poems'' and ''Beheading the Children''. She has a new chapbook ''Bittersweet'' forthcoming in 2014 from Main Street Rag. Colby's poems have also been published in various anthologies including: ''What Have You Lost'', ''Disenchantments:An Anthology of Modern Fairy Tale Poetry'', ''The Poet Dreaming in the Artist's House'' and ''Fine China: 20 Years of Poetry From Earth's Daughters''. Colby has been a columnist, reporter for the ''Elgin Daily Courier-News'', columnist for Copely News Service, Media Director for Amerad Advertising, reporter for Record Banner Newspapers, the editor of ''Illinois Racing News'' and ''The Equine Market'', and associate editor of ''Kentucky Review'' and ''FutureCycle Press''.


Awards

Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature; Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, Stone County Award for Poetry, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry. Finalist in the 2007 GSU Poetry Contest. Honorable mention in the 2008 and 2010 James Hearst Poetry Contest(North American Review), Finalist in 2009 Margie Editor’s Choice Contest, Finalist in 2009 and 2012 Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize. 2013 Finalist in Atlanta Review International Poetry Contest. Illinois Arts Council Literary Award 2007 ”Selected Poems”

Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagement Availability (Yes) Colby can be contacted via her email address [mailto:joanmc@aol.com joanmc@aol.com] or US Post at 10N226 Muirhead Road Elgin, IL 60124

Selected Titles At Your Library

Blue woman dancing in the nerve :
ISBN: 0934184011. OCLC Number: 5492476

Alembic Press,. .

How the sky begins to fall /
ISBN: 0933180322. OCLC Number: 9472317

Spoon River Poetry Press,. .

Ribcage
ISBN: 9781941783085. OCLC Number: 952714815

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Selected poems /
ISBN: 1938853296. OCLC Number: 877975089

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Selections from the author's previously published books of poetry.

The atrocity book /
ISBN: 0899240453. OCLC Number: 11030811

Lynx House Press ;. .

The boundary waters /
ISBN: 0913614092. OCLC Number: 10712073

Charles Shahoud Hanna,. .

The lonely hearts killers /
ISBN: 0933180888. OCLC Number: 15155300

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