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Tim Seibles (born 1955) is an American poet, professor and the current Poet Laureate of Virginia. He is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently, Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012). His honors include an Open Voice Award and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. In 2012 he was nominated for a National Book Award, for Fast Animal.


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His poems have been published in literary journals and magazines including Callaloo, The Kenyon Review, Indiana Review, Ploughshares, Electronic Poetry Review, Rattle, and in anthologies including Verse & Universe: Poems About Science and Mathematics (Milkweed Editions, 1998) and New American Poets in the 90’s (David R. Godine, 1991).

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Seibles is a professor of English at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.


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Seibles was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned his B.A. from Southern Methodist University in 1977. He remained in Dallas after graduating and taught high school English for ten years. He received his M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 1990. He is a professor of English and creative writing at Old Dominion University, as well as teaching in the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and teaching workshops for Cave Canem. He has a son, Cade Seibles. He lives in Norfolk, Virginia.

Published works

Full-length poetry collections

  • Fast Animal (Etruscan Press, 2012) ISBN 9780983294429
  • Buffalo Head Solos (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2004) ISBN 9781880834640
  • Hammerlock (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1999) ISBN 9781880834459
  • Hurdy-Gurdy (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 1992) ISBN 9780914946984
  • Body Moves (Corona Press, 1988); Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2012, ISBN 9780887485596
  • Chapbooks

  • Ten Miles an Hour, Mille Grazie Press, 1998, ISBN 9781890887056
  • Kerosene (Ampersand Press, 1995) ISBN 9780935331165
  • References

    Tim Seibles Wikipedia