Adam Day

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Adam Day
Book Author Photo.jpg
Day in 2015
Louisville, Kentucky
Alma materNew York University
OccupationPoet and critic
OrganizationBaltic Writing Residency
Notable work
Left-Handed Wolf, Model of a City in Civil War and Badger, Apocrypha

Adam Day is an American poet and critic. He is the author of Left-Handed Wolf (forthcoming, Louisiana State University Press, 2020), Model of a City in Civil War (Sarabande Books, 2015), and one chapbook of poetry, Badger, Apocrypha (Poetry Society of America, 2011). He is also editor of the anthology, Divine Orphans of the Poetic Project (1913 Press).

Life and work[edit]

Day was born and raised primarily in Louisville's working class south end. He graduated from Eckerd College (2001), and from New York University (2004) with an MFA in creative writing.

He is currently director of the Baltic Writing Residency,[1] "which was founded in 2008 in an effort to nurture the literary arts by each year offering individuals a month-long residency in Stockholm, Sweden; a week-long residency at a historic croft cottage in Brora, Scotland; three months at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest, just outside Louisville, Kentucky."

Day also publishes Action, Spectacle, an online and print journal of art and culture, which is guest-edited by a changing lineup of writers, thinkers and artists.

He has taught English and creative writing at Earlham College, New York University, Bellarmine University, the University of Houston, the University of Kentucky, and elsewhere.

Day's work "creates a liminal space wherein references to strange historical anecdotes share a stage with more introspective and personal utterances."[2] In 2011, Day was selected by David Lehman for the PEN Emerging Writers Award, citing "Day is unafraid to conjoin historical and fictional personages for effects that startle and provoke, as in 'Combine,' in which Stalin, Goya, Queen Anne, and Tennessee Williams are among the cast of characters. Impressive, too, is the poem in which Day juxtaposes excerpts 'From an Interview with Kenzaburo Oe, with Stage Directions from Synge's Riders to the Sea.' This poet's technical prowess, adventurousness, and wide-ranging curiosity give pleasure now and the promise of a great deal more to come."[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Collections of poetry[edit]

  • Left-Handed Wolf (forthcoming, Louisiana State University Press, 2020),
  • Model of a City in Civil War. Sarabande Books, 2015. ISBN 1941411029; ISBN 978-1941411025
  • Badger, Apocrypha. Poetry Society of America, 2010.


Reviews and interviews[edit]


  1. ^ Submittable. "Baltic Writing Residencies: Europe & North America Submission Manager". Retrieved 18 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Fiction Book Review: Model of a City in Civil War by Adam Day. Sarabande (Consortium, dist.), $14.95 trade paper (80p) ISBN 978-1-941411-06-3". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  3. ^ "2011 PEN Emerging Writers Award for Poetry | PEN American Center". Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  4. ^ "Adam Day". Kentucky Arts Council. Archived from the original on 2015-09-05. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  5. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (11 August 2011). "PEN American Center's 2011 award winners". LA Times.
  6. ^ "Chapbook Fellowship". Poetry Society of America.