His poems have appeared in literary journals such as Agni, The American Poetry Review, the Antioch Review, Boulevard, the Cincinnati Review Crazyhorse, Epoch, The Fiddlehead, Field, The Gettysburg Review, The Malahat Review, The Northwest Review, Ploughshares, Poetry Northwest, 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 lives with his wife, the writer Anne-Marie Ulku, and their two boys, Snapdragon and Wookie-Wu (Lickedy-Split, rest in peace. You were a part of our heart.)
NEWS AND UPDATES
My second collection, The Stiller of Atoms, was (again) a finalist at the National Poetry Series Open Competition (50 finalists out of 1,100 manuscripts submitted), 2013 and 2016
Three poems ("Present Tense," “Toxic Sun, Fifth of July” and “Angry at God) forthcoming in Prairie Schooner in Fall 2017
One poem ("You Are My Sunshine") forthcoming in the Fall 2017 issue of the New Ohio Review
One poem ("Pastoral") in the Spring 2017 issue of the Gettysburg Review
One poem ("Who's that Girl?") in the Winter/Spring 2017 issue of the Alaska Quarterly Review
Two poems ("Girl trying to share a pizza with strangers on the subway," and "Zeynep") in the Spring 2016 issue of Green Mountains Review
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