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Aaron McCollough

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Name  Aaron McCollough
Role  Poet
Education  University of Michigan

Aaron McCollough Aaron McCollough

Books  Welkin, No Grave Can Hold My Body, Double Venus, Underlight, Rank: Poems

Aaron McCollough is an American poet.


Life and career

Aaron McCollough was born in 1971 in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Tennessee. He has a BA from the University of the South (1994), an MA in English Literature from North Carolina State University (1998), an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2001), as well as an MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan (2002 & 2007 respectively). Having worked at the University of Michigan Library and University of Michigan Press for a number of years, he began as Scholarly Communications & Publishing Librarian at the University of Illinois in August 2015.

In 2001, McCollough started the online poetry magazine GutGult. The magazine published eight issues between 2001 and 2010. Along with Karla Kelsey, he now edits a small press called SplitLevel Texts.

Book Publications

  • Rank was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2015.
  • Underlight was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2012.
  • No Grave Can Hold My Body Down was published by Ahsahta Press in 2011.
  • Little Ease was published by Ahsahta Press in 2006.
  • Double Venus was published by Salt Publishing in 2003.
  • Welkin, published by Ahsahta Press in 2002.
  • Publication in Anthologies

  • Hick Poetics: Anthology of Contemporary Rural American Poetry
  • The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral
  • Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets
  • Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry
  • Gamers: Writers, Artists, and Programmers on the Pleasure of Pixels
  • Publications in Periodicals

    McCollough has published poems in 1913, 6 x 6, Boston Review, jubilat, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fence, Quarterly West, The Canary, VOLT, American Letters & Commentary, Conduit, LIT, Slope, Carolina Quarterly, Jacket, Court Green, and numerous other journals.


    McCollough's books have been reviewed in print journals including Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and Publisher's Weekly as well as in online journals such as Free Verse, Coldfront, NewPages and Eclectica.


  • Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative Poetry, 2005.
  • Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, for Welkin, 2001.
  • Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize, 1993.
  • Teaching

    McCollough has taught at North Carolina State University, The University of Iowa, and The University of Michigan. He was a visiting poet at Hendrix College.


    Aaron McCollough Wikipedia