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About Janet A. Holmes

With an M.F.A. from Warren Wilson College and a B.A. from Duke University, Janet Holmes came to Boise State University in 1999 where she teaches poetry writing and form and theory in the M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing. She is also the director and editor of Ahsahta Press, an all-poetry independent press at Boise State. She is author of five books of poems, and her work has received the Chad Walsh Prize, the Ernest Sandeen Award, the Minnesota Book Award, the Anhinga Prize, the Pablo Neruda Award, and grants from the Bush Foundation, McKnight Foundation, the Loft, the Minnesota Arts Board and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. In 2014, she will be in Budapest, Hungary, on a Fulbright.


Present Editor, Ahsahta Press, Boise State University
Present Professor, Boise State University Department of English

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Honors and Awards

  • 2013 - Fulbright Foundation Grant to teach in the American Studies program in Budapest, Hungary
  • 2008 - Residency, Fundación Valparaíso, Spain
  • 2005 - Idaho Commission on the Arts QuickFunds Grant
  • 2005 - Residency, Château de Lavigny, administered by Fondation Ledig-Rowholt, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 1999 - Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, <em>Beloit Poetry Journal</em>, for "Partch Stations"
  • 1999 - Minnesota Book Award for <em>The Green Tuxedo</em>
  • 1998 - Poetry Book of the Year, <em>ForeWord</em> Magazine for <em>The Green Tuxedo</em>
  • 1997 - McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers (Loft Award in Poetry)

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Books (5)

Contributions to Books (1)

Articles (4)

Recent Poems in Journals (3)

Presentations and Interviews (3)