Adrian Blevins

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Adrian Blevins (born 1964 Abingdon, Virginia )[1][2] is an American poet. Author of three collections of poetry, her most recent is Live from the Homesick Jamboree (Wesleyan University Press, 2009).[3]


She graduated with a BA from Virginia Intermont College, a MA in Fiction from Hollins University, and a MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2002.

She taught at Roanoke College, Hollins University, and teaches at Colby College and lives in Waterville, Maine.[4][5]

Her poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, Poetry, The Georgia Review, The Southern Review, The Massachusetts Review, Ploughshares. She has published personal essays in The Utne Reader, Salon,[6] and the now-defunct Internet magazine, Conversely.[7]


  • 2007 Walter E. Daken Fellowship, Sewanee Writers Conference
  • 2004 Kate Tufts Discovery Award for The Brass Girl Brouhaha
  • 2002 Rona Jaffe Writers’ Foundation Award[8]
  • 2000 Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction from The Chattahoochee Review
  • 1996 Bright Hill Press Chapbook Award for The Man Who Went Out for Cigarettes, which was reprinted in 1997

Published works[edit]

Full-length Poetry Collections




Live from the Homesick Jamboree is a brave, brash, funny, and tragic hue and cry on growing up female during the 1970s, “when everything was always so awash” that the speaker finds herself adrift among adults who act like children. The book moves from adolescence through a dry-eyed, poignant exploration of two marriages, motherhood, and the larger world, with the headlong perceptiveness and brio characteristic of Adrian Blevins’s work.[9]


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