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Paul Guest is the author of four volumes of poetry and a memoir. His debut, The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World, was awarded the 2002 New Issues Poetry Prize. His second collection, Notes for My Body Double, was awarded the 2006 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. His third collection, My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge, was published by Ecco Press/HarperCollins in 2008. His fourth collection, Because Everything Is Terrible, was published by Diode Editions in 2018. His poems have appeared in Harper's, The Paris Review, Poetry, Tin House, The Kenyon Review, and elsewhere. His memoir, One More Theory About Happiness, was published by Ecco and selected for the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Program. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers' Award, Guest teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Virginia.
- "Buzzed Books #76: Because Everything Is Terrible." Will Rincon. The Drunken Odyssey. 23 October 2018.
- "Elegy with Narrative of Tragic Passing, Nostalgia, and Perfunctory Invocation of Peace." Poetry Daily. 10 June 2018.
- "Poet Paul Guest Shows ‘Because Everything Is Terrible,’ It’s a Good Time to Embrace Life." Anne E. Bromley. University of Virginia Arts. March 2018.
- "The Heart is a Thing if What We’re Talking About is My Mind: An Interview with Paul Guest." Jasmine V. Bailey. Writer's Chronicle. March/April 2019.
Awards & Honors
- 2019 Julie Suk Award. Long List Finalist.