Bruce Snider is the author of three poetry collections: Fruit, winner of the Four Lakes Prize from the University of Wisconsin Press; Paradise, Indiana; and The Year We Studied Women. He is the co-editor of The Poem’s Country: Place and Poetic Practice. His poems and essays have appeared in the American Poetry Review, Best American Poetry, Copper Nickel, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Poetry, and Threepenny Review, among others. His awards include a Wallace Stegner Fellowship, a James A. Michener Fellowship, the Jenny McKean Writer-in-Washington award, as well residencies from Yaddo, the Millay Colony, the Amy Clampitt House, the James Merrill House, VCCA, and the Bogliasco Foundation. He lives in Baltimore and teaches in the Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.
In the midst of a major life transition—new job, new city—I am incredibly honored to receive a literature fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a gift of solid ground on which to recenter myself and return to finishing my next book (tentatively titled Blood Harmony), a collection of poems dealing with brotherhood, opioid addiction, queerness, and country music. No matter how much you’ve published, no matter how long you’ve been writing, there are never any guarantees, so I am grateful not only for the NEA’s financial support, but for their faith and investment in my work.