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The Best American Poetry 2020

  Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal was born in Seattle and educated at the University of Washington, the University of Toronto Centre for Medieval Studies, and the University of Michigan. She is the author of six books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos (University of Georgia Press, 2000); Six Girls Without Pants (Eastern Washington University Press, 2002); The Invention of the Kaleidoscope (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007); Animal Eye (Pittsburgh, 2012); Imaginary Vessels (Copper Canyon Press, 2016); and Nightingale (Copper Canyon, 2019). She has also written four collections of nonfiction: The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (Pantheon, 2000); Intimate (Tupelo Press, 2012); The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam (University of Georgia Press, 2017); and Appropriate: A Provocation (W. W. Norton, 2021). She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, A Fulbright Fellowship, the Rilke Prize, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Narrative's Poetry Prize, and the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize. Her work has appeared in multiple volumes of The Best American Poetry series. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah's Poet Laureate and received a 2019 Academy of American Poets' Poets Laureate Fellowship.

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