Life and career
Aaron McCollough was born in 1971 in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Tennessee. He has a BA from the University of the South (1994), an MA in English Literature from North Carolina State University (1998), an MFA in Creative Writing from the Iowa Writers' Workshop (2001), as well as an MA and PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan (2002 & 2007 respectively). Having worked at the University of Michigan Library and University of Michigan Press for a number of years, he began as Scholarly Communications & Publishing Librarian at the University of Illinois in August 2015.
In 2001, McCollough started the online poetry magazine GutGult. The magazine published eight issues between 2001 and 2010. Along with Karla Kelsey, he now edits a small press called SplitLevel Texts.
- Rank was published by the University of Iowa Press in 2015.
- Underlight was published by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2012.
- No Grave Can Hold My Body Down was published by Ahsahta Press in 2011.
- Little Ease was published by Ahsahta Press in 2006.
- Double Venus was published by Salt Publishing in 2003.
- Welkin, published by Ahsahta Press in 2002.
Publication in Anthologies
- Hick Poetics: Anthology of Contemporary Rural American Poetry
- The Arcadia Project: North American Postmodern Pastoral
- Isn't It Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger American Poets
- Joyful Noise: An Anthology of American Spiritual Poetry
- Gamers: Writers, Artists, and Programmers on the Pleasure of Pixels
Publications in Periodicals
McCollough has published poems in 1913, 6 x 6, Boston Review, jubilat, A Public Space, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, Fence, Quarterly West, The Canary, VOLT, American Letters & Commentary, Conduit, LIT, Slope, Carolina Quarterly, Jacket, Court Green, and numerous other journals.
McCollough's books have been reviewed in print journals including Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and Publisher's Weekly as well as in online journals such as Free Verse, Coldfront, NewPages and Eclectica.
- Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative Poetry, 2005.
- Sawtooth Poetry Prize, Ahsahta Press, for Welkin, 2001.
- Bain-Swiggett Poetry Prize, 1993.