B.H. Fairchild

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B.H. "Pete" Fairchild, the Lorraine Sherley Professor of Literature at Texas Christian University, has been called Kansas' greatest living poet. The Arrival of the Future was his first full-length book of poems. His third collection, The Art of the Lathe, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the William Carlos Williams Award and the California Book Award. He attended KU where he received a B.A. and M.A. in English, working part-time as a technical writer for a nitroglycerin plant and English tutor to the basketball team. His poems have appeared in Southern Review, Poetry, Hudson Review, Yale Review,Paris Review, The New Yorker, Sewanee Review and The Best American Poems of 2000. His most recent book is Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (W.W. Norton), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry, the Bobbitt Award from the Library of Congress and the Gold Medal from the California Book Awards.

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