Nick Courtright

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Nick Courtright (born 1981) is an American poet. He is the author of Let There Be Light, Punchline, and the chapbook Elegy for the Builder's Wife, and his poetry has appeared in The Southern Review, Boston Review, Massachusetts Review, Kenyon Review Online, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, The Literati Quarterly[1] and many others. He is the Executive Editor of Atmosphere Press and Co-Executive Editor of Gold Wake Press.


Nick Courtright received his B.S.S from Ohio University before earning his M.F.A. from the Texas State University MFA Program in 2007. His first book of poetry, Punchline, was published by Gold Wake Press in 2012; the book was a finalist for the National Poetry Series. The book was inspired by William Blake, Walt Whitman, Federico García Lorca, and Wallace Stevens,[2] as well as the Bhagavad Gita.[3]

Punchline has been critically praised, with one reviewer citing its "Grand, sweeping themes (mysticism, physics, mythology, cosmology)...crafted into terse lyrics, as if Emily Dickinson had revised Leaves of Grass on her tiny desktop, under an ominous light." [4] Another praised the book's "the-universe-is-expanding soul-searching that's fueled insomniac nights for as long as that universe has had a name."[5] It has also been called a "stunning first collection of poems, invok[ing] the everyday as a point of entry to compelling philosophical questions."[6] Prior to the release of the book, the Best American Poetry website referred to Courtright's work as "vital stuff. This is real, and it’s happening right now." [7]

From 2007-2013 Courtright wrote for the culture website Austinist, serving in the latter years as Interviews Editor. He teaches in Austin, Texas at The University of Texas, and Austin Community College. He has two sons, William and Samuel.



  • Chapbook: Elegy for the Builder's Wife (Blue Hour Press, 2010)
  • Book: Punchline (Gold Wake Press, 2012)
  • Book: Let There Be Light (Gold Wake Press, 2014)


  1. ^ Poems:The Literati Quarterly.
  2. ^ Pitchel, Samantha. "Interview with the author: Nick Courtright previews his debut poetry collection, Punchline, exclusively on CultureMap". CultureMapAustin. Retrieved 4-12-12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ Green. "Q&A:NickCourtright". SigmaTau Delta St. Edward's. Retrieved 4-12-12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ Neuendorf, Andrew. "Reviews:Punchline". HTMLGiant. Retrieved 4-12-12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  5. ^ Jones, Kimberley. "Poetry to Ponder the Universe To". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 4-12-12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ Darling, Kristina Marie. "Book Review: Punchline". Colorado Review. Retrieved 11-20-12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Ferry, Peter. "Eating Lunch with Nick Courtright". Best American Poetry. Retrieved 4-12-12.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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