Michael McGriff

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Michael McGriff at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.

Michael McGriff (born Coos Bay, Oregon) is an American poet.


McGriff was raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. His work has appeared in Slate, Field, AGNI,[1] The Believer, Missouri Review,[2] and Poetry. He is the founding editor of Tavern Books,[3] a publishing house dedicated to poetry in translation and the revival of out-of-print books.

McGriff's most recent book of poetry, Home Burial[4] (Copper Canyon Press, 2012) chronicles the dissolution of a people and their landscape - the coastal Pacific Northwest.

McGriff currently teaches at the University of Idaho.


  • Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University
  • Ruth Lilly Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation
  • Michener Fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin
  • 2007 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, for Dismantling the Hills
  • 2010 Lannan Literary Fellowship
  • 2013 Levis Reading Prize from Virginia Commonwealth University



  • Larry Smith, ed. (2005). Family matters: poems of our families. Bottom Dog Press. ISBN 978-0-933087-95-8. 



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