Colin Pope lives in Stillwater, Oklahoma. His poetry, essays, and criticism have appeared or are forthcoming in Slate, Rattle, The Cortland Review, Ninth Letter, The Millions, West Branch, and Best New Poets, among others, and he’s the recipient of two Academy of American Poets prizes. His debut poetry collection, Why I Didn’t Go to Your Funeral, was a finalist for the Press 53 Award and was released in 2019 from Tolsun Books, and his manuscript Prayer Book for an American God was a finalist for both the 2018 Louise Bogan Award and the 2019 St. Lawrence Award. Colin has received residencies and scholarships from organizations such as Texas State University, the Vermont Studio Center, Gemini Ink, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. He serves on the editorial staffs of Cimarron Review and Nimrod International.
About Why I Didn't Go to Your Funeral
Colin Pope's Why I Didn't Go to Your Funeral follows the suicide of a loved one. This poetic journey feels inescapably familiar and startlingly clear, giving language to feelings that are exceedingly difficult to describe. Alarming in its depth, yet stunning in its beauty, Why I Didn’t Go to Your Funeral is painfully grounded in the realities of a world that is perpetually ill-equipped to cope with loss.