Kenneth Hart

Poems of Kenneth Hart have been published in Arts & Letters, North American Review, Mead, Mississippi Review, Barrow Street, The Bellingham Review, Paterson Literary Review, and Poet Lore, and his book reviews appear regularly in Journal of New Jersey Poets. He is the 2007 co-winner of the Allen Ginsberg Award, and the recipient of the 2008 editor’s prize for New Ohio Review. His poem “Keep America Beautiful” was read by Garrison Keillor on The Writer’s Almanac in 2009. Hart’s book, Uh Oh Time was selected by Mark Jarman as winner of the 2007 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. He is currently Poetry Editor for The Florida Review.

Ken received an MFA from Warren Wilson College, teaches writing at New York University and works in the family roofing business. He lives in Long Valley, NJ and spends his summers in Alaska.

“Engaged by contemporary American life at every level, from the down-and-out to the urban sublime, the poems in Kenneth Hart’s UH OH TIME have at their core a sensitive, lonely individual who has a marvelous way with words. Whether he is conversing with a Russian lap dancer, writing an ode to the diner, or analyzing a mayfly’s husk on a shower curtain, the poet shows a genuine affection for his subjects — an affection embodied in language that is always rich, complex, and various…This is a poet with heart” —Mark Jarman

In addition to reading at the Poetry and BBQ festival on April 2, he will be leading a Teen Writers poetry workshop on Saturday, April 1.