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Charles Atkinson was born and raised in New England, graduated cum laude from Amherst College, and served with the Peace Corps in Manila, Republic of the Philippines. He completed a Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he currently teaches writing. His first collection, The Only Cure I Know (San Diego Poets Press), received the American Book Series award for poetry in 1991. His chapbook, The Best of Us on Fire, won the Wayland Press competition for 1992.
Mr. Atkinson has been awarded several national prizes for individual poems, including the Stanford Prize, The Comstock Review Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award (SUNY Farmingdale) and the 2001 Emily Dickinson Award for "Because We Are Men". In the last ten years his work has appeared in half a dozen anthologies and more than thirty literary magazines, including Poetry, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Virginia Quarterly Review, Nimrod and The Amicus Journal. He was awarded a teaching Fellowship to the White River Writers' Workshop in the summer of 1995, and residencies at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony in 1996 and the Vermont Studio Center in 2000.
Winning Entry: Because We Are Men, Vets, Rehab. Journal
Contest Won: War Poetry Contest 2002, Second Prize