Alpay Ulku's first collection is Meteorology (BOA Editions), which was selected as an "Notable Debut" by the Academy of American Poets book club. His poems have appeared in literary journals such as Agni, The American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Epoch, The Fiddlehead, The Gettysburg Review, The Malahat Review, The Northwest Review, Ploughshares, and Witness, among others. His work has been anthologized in American Poetry: The Next Generation, Poetry Daily, and City of the Big Shoulders: an Anthology of Chicago Poetry. His poem Three Rivers was selected by senior Slate editor Michael Agger for their "Best Valentine's Day poems" feature, and his poem The Stiller of Atoms was selected by the Penn Center for the Book Public Poetry Project to be made into a poster and distributed to schools and libraries throughout Pennsylvania.
Alpay has received grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Iowa Arts Council, the Edna St.Vincent Millay Colony, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation.
Alpay received an MFA from the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop and a BA from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands.
Alpay works as a technical writer and business analyst in Chicago, where he lives with his wife, the writer Anne-Marie Gallagher, and their two boys, Snapdragon and Lickedy-Split.
NEWS AND UPDATES
Two poems ("Building It," and "Faust,") forthcoming in Field.
Two poems ("Girl Gang, Subway Smack Down," and "Train Running Late, Winter Morning Rush,") forthcoming in Poetry Northwest.
One poem ("Reading the Snowfall") in the current Cincinatti Review, Winter 2014.
My second collection, The Stiller of Atoms, was a finalist at the National Poetry Series Open Competition (50 finalists out of 1,100 manuscripts submitted)
One poem ("Snowy Day") in the Antioch Review (Summer 2013)
One poem ("my mother cries for elvis presley") in Grain (Summer 2013)
Guest Blogger, Beloit Poetry Jounal, May 2013. ("On Orwell, Dystopia, Writing as Resistance, and Trust")
Three poems ("Compensation," "Garage Sale," and "The Orange Sonata" in the Beloit Poetry Journal (Summer 2013)
"The Second Coming and the New World Order." Explication of "The Second Coming" by William Butler Yeats. Poetry Daily archive. April 12, 2013.
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