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Walter Bargen has published nine books and two chapbooks of poems: Fields of Thenar (Singing Wind Press, 1980), Mysteries in the Public Domain (BkMk Press, UMKC, 1990), Yet Other Waters (Timberline Press, 1990), and The Vertical River (Timberline Press, 1995), Rising Water: Reflections on the Year of the Great Flood (Pekitanoui Publications, 1994), the chapbook At The Dead Center Of Day (BkMk Press, UMKC, 1997), Water Breathing Air (Timberline Press, 1999), Harmonic Balance (Timberline Press 2001), Vow of Hunger (Snark Publishing, 2003), The Body of Water (Timberline Press, 2003) and The Feast: Prose Poem Sequences (BkMk Press-UMKC, 2004). The Feast won the 2005 William Rockhill Nelson Award for best poetry book by a Missouri writer. His tenth book, Remedies for Vertigo (WordTech Communications), is scheduled for publication in fall of 2006.
His poetry and fiction have appeared in over one hundred magazines, including American Literary Review, American Letters & Commentary, Beloit Poetry Journal, Blue Mesa Review, Boulevard, Denver Quarterly, Georgia Review, International Quarterly, Iowa Review, Melic Review, Missouri Review, New Letters, New Novel Review, Notre Dame Review, Pleiades, River Styx, Seattle Review, Seneca Review, Sycamore Review, and Witness. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts poetry fellowship (1991); winner of the Quarter After Eight Prose Prize (1995), the St. Louis Poetry Center's Stanley Hanks Prize (1996), and the Chester H. Jones Foundation poetry prize (1997).
Winning Entry: Zoonotic
Contest Won: War Poetry Contest 2005, Honorable Mention