Richard Siken is an American poet, author of the collection Crush, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2004. He is the editor of spork literary magazine. Siken received a Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and his book Crush was awarded the Lambda Literary Award for "Gay Men's Poetry" in 2005, and the Thom Gunn Award from Publishing Triangle. The 1991 death of his boyfriend influenced his writing of the book.
Siken currently lives in Tucson, Arizona and is a full-time social worker.
Crush won the 2004 Yale Series of Younger Poets prize, selected by Louise Gluck. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Lambda Literary Award and the Thom Gunn Award.
Siken is also the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, two Arizona Commission on the Arts grants, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.