Edgar Kunz

Assistant ProfessorCreative Writing

Edgar Kunz is an Assistant Professor at the Kratz Center for Creative Writing at Goucher College. He is the author of the poetry collections Tap Out (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), named a New & Noteworthy book by the New York Times, and Fixer (Ecco/HarperCollins, forthcoming 2023). He has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council, MacDowell, Bread Loaf, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His work has appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, and on former U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast The Slowdown. He lives in Baltimore City and teaches poetry at the graduate level in the low-residency Newport MFA. He is also a Goucher College graduate.

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Fixer (poems), Ecco/HarperCollins, 2023

Tap Out (poems), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

Poems published widely, including in The New Yorker, Poetry, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, Yale Review, AGNI, Los Angeles Review of Books, New England Review, and Sewanee Review.

Exhibits or Performances

Highlights from 2019/2020 book tour:

Literary Arts Live @ Bates College (Lewiston, ME)

Brattleboro Literary Festival w/ Phillip B. Williams (Brattleboro, VT)

Brooklyn Book Festival w/ Jericho Brown, Tina Chang, Hafizah Geter, & Hala Alyan (Brooklyn, NY)

BookFest St. Louis @ Left Bank Books w/ Aaron Coleman (St. Louis, MO)

Green Apple Books w/ Jennifer S. Cheng (San Francisco, CA)

Stanford University w/ Grady Chambers (Palo Alto, CA)

Porter Square Books w/ Shubha Sunder (Boston, MA)

McNally Jackson Soho w/ Sam Ross (NYC, NY)

Powell’s Books w/ Dorianne Laux & Anders Carlson-Wee (Portland, OR)

Vanderbilt University w/ Anders Carlson-Wee & Tiana Clark (Nashville, TN)

External Awards, Honors, Grants

Individual Artist Award – Maryland State Arts Council

Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry – Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Winter Fellowship in Poetry – MacDowell

Literature Fellowship – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

Carol Houck Smith Scholarship – Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

“30 Below 30” Writer to Watch – Narrative Magazine

Donald Justice Scholarship – Sewanee Writers’ Conference

Waiter Scholarship – Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference

Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship – Vanderbilt University Dept. of English

Academy of American Poets Prize (Judge: Thomas Lux) – Vanderbilt University

University Fellowship in Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University