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 collection Tap Out, named a New & Noteworthy book by the New York Times, and has received fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, MacDowell, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. His work has appeared widely, including in Ploughshares, AGNI, New England Review, Sewanee Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, and on former U. S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast The Slowdown. He lives in Baltimore City and teaches poetry and non-fiction at the graduate level in the low-residency Newport MFA at Salve Regina University. He is also a Goucher College graduate.

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Work in Progress

Capital (poems) – in progress, represented by Rob McQuilkin, Massie & McQuilkin Literary Agents


Tap Out (poems), Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

Poetry and essays published widely in print and online journals including Ploughshares, AGNI, New England Review, Sewanee Review, Narrative Magazine, Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Indiana 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

Walter E. Dakin Fellowship in Poetry – Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2019

Winter Fellowship in Poetry – MacDowell, 2018

Literature Fellowship – National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), 2017-2018

Carol Houck Smith Scholarship – Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2017

“30 Below 30” Writer to Watch – Narrative Magazine, 2017

Donald Justice Scholarship – Sewanee Writers’ Conference, 2016

Work-Study Waiter Scholarship – Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2015

Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship – Vanderbilt University Dept. of English, 2014-2015

Academy of American Poets Prize (Judge: Thomas Lux) – Vanderbilt University, 2013

University Fellowship in Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University, 2012-2014