Self-PortraitNick Courtright’s second book, Let There Be Light, called “a continual surprise and a revelation” by Naomi Shihab Nye, came out in February 2014, and his debut full-length, Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist, was published in 2012 by Gold Wake Press. Also, a chapbook, Elegy for the Builder’s Wife, is available from Blue Hour Press. His poetry has appeared in many literary journals, including The Southern Review, Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, The Iowa Review, and many others. Essays and other critical commentary of his have appeared in such places as The Huffington Post and the website for The Best American Poetry.

In Austin, Texas, he teaches classes such as Creative Writing, Classicism, Romanticism, and American Literature, among other literature and writing courses.

From 2007-2013 he was a music journalist and Interviews Editor for the Austinist, and he has interviewed such interesting personalities as “Weird Al” Yankovic, Nick Offerman, Michael Ian Black, Henry Rollins, and Paul Giamatti, and musicians from bands like St. Vincent, MGMT, Odd Future, and Destroyer.

Less résumé-ly, he is an Ohio native and the oldest of six kids.  And lastly, but most importantly, he has two sons, William and Samuel.

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