Gary Kissick draws on rich experiences to create a deeply personal collection of poems steeped in deadly dry humour and evocative emotional connection.
Gary Kissick wittily leads the reader on a quest of exploration; from the tormented bliss of resurrected memories and emotional reflection, through gleeful cultural clashes and cherished events in foreign climes, to the idiosyncrasies of dislocation in Norfolk via slabs of Americana, both archetypal and modern. He draws on rich experiences to create a deeply personal collection of poems steeped in deadly dry humour and evocative emotional connection.
A graduate of both the University of Iowa's Writers Workshop and the University of East Anglia, Gary Kissick has served as Editor of the Hawaii Review and has published poems, essays and stories in Ambit, Antioch Review, Bamboo Ridge, Esquire, Literary Review, Manoa, The Nation, Poetry Now, Prairie Schooner, Rock Salt Plum, Rolling Stone, Spiked, The San Fancisco Chronicle, White Noise and numerous other journals and anthologies.
Honours have included a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship and a PEN Syndicated Fiction Award. His first book of poetry, Outer Islands, was published by the University of Hawaii Press after winning the first Pacific Poetry Competition. His comic novel Winter in Volcano was published by Hutchinson in 1999. He now resides in Norfolk, where he's writing a second novel, Please Set Me Free So I Can Destroy The Earth.