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Gail Thomas has published four books of poetry: Odd Mercy, Waving Back, No Simple Wilderness: An Elegy for Swift River Valley, and Finding the Bear. Her most recent book, Odd Mercy, was chosen by Ellen Bass for the Charlotte Mew Prize, and Waving Back was named a Must Read for 2016 by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Thomas' poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies including The Beloit Poetry Journal, Calyx, and The North American Review, and individual poems have won the Pat Schneider Poetry Prize and the James Hearst Poetry Prize. She received writing and teaching grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and was awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Ucross. Her book, No Simple Wilderness, about the drowning of towns and villages in Western Massachusetts in the 1930s to provide drinking water for Boston, has been taught in college courses. As one of the original teaching artists for Massachusetts' Elder Arts Initiative, she has trained and collaborated with musicians, dancers, and storytellers across the state. She lives in Northampton, MA, and teaches at Smith College.
Winning Entry: The Little Mommy Sonnets
Contest Won: Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest 2016, Honorable Mention, Margaret Reid