March 16, 2023

Aaron McCollough (USA) 1971

Aaron McCollough (USA)

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Aaron McCollough was raised in Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. His father is an Archeologist and Cartographer. His mother directs a public mental health clinic in rural Georgia. 
     He earned degrees in English from the University of the South (Sewanee), North Carolina State University, and the University of Michigan. He also obtained an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

    His first book Welkin was chosen by Brenda Hillman for the first annual Sawtooth Prize and was published by Ahsahta Press in 2002. Double Venus, was published by Salt Press the following year. Little Ease, his third book, was published by Ashahta Press in 2006. 
     In 2001 McCollough begin editing the on-line poetry magazine GutGult, which published 8 issues from 2001 to 2010. He currently edits SplitLevel Texts with Karla Kelsey.
   Having worked at the University of Michigan Library and University of Michigan Press, McCollough became Scholarly Communications and Publishing Library at the University of Illinois beginning in 2015.

BOOKS OF POETRY Welkin (Boise, Idaho: Ahsahta Press, 2002); Double Venus (Cambridge, England: Salt Publishers, 2003); Little Ease (Boise, Idaho: Ahsahta Press, 2006); No Grave Can Hold My Body Down (Boise, Idaho: Ahsahta Press, 2011); Underlight (Brooklyn: Ugly Duckling Presse, 2012); Rank (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2015)

Winner of the PIP Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry in English 2005-2006 

There It Hurts Me 

There where the yellow spot is the finger 
Points There it hurts me In the hovering house 
The form of that thing I’ve fallen in 
Or illusions of my doubt * 
Legs in the breach 
Gently pressing at the perimeter 
Between the greeting and the granting of audience 
The yellow spot lines converging 
At the mark on the door 
The confession you are looking for I have it here 
Reprinted from The New Review of Literature, II, no. 2 (April 2005). Copyright ©2005 by Aaron McCollough.

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