Virginia Konchan is the author of the poetry collections Any God Will Do (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2020) and The End of Spectacle (Carnegie Mellon University Press, 2018), a collection of short stories, Anatomical Gift (Noctuary Press, 2017), and three chapbooks, Empire of Dirt (above/ground press, 2019), The New Alphabets (Anstruther Press, 2019), and Vox Populi (Finishing Line Press, 2015). She holds degrees from Beloit College (BA), Cleveland State University (MFA), and the University of Illinois-Chicago (Ph.D). Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Best New Poets, The Believer, and The New Republic, her essays and criticism in Kenyon Review Online, Boston Review, Jacket2, and Guernica, her translations in The Brooklyn Rail, Asymptote and Circumference, and her fiction in StoryQuarterly, Joyland, and Memorious, among other places. Her work has been anthologized in several collections, and her honors include grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Vermont Studio Center, Ox-Bow, The Banff Center, and Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice. Co-founder of Matter, a journal of poetry and political commentary, and Associate Editor for Tupelo Quarterly, she currently lives and works in Halifax.Publications
I have published poetry, short fiction, essays, and criticism in The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Believer, Boston Review, Western Humanities Review, Beloit Literary Journal, Iowa Review, Indiana Review, Jacket2, carte blanche, Alaska Quarterly Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Bennington Review, Copper Nickel, The Common, Memorious, Ploughshares, Witness, Plume, Diagram, Zone 3, 32 Poems, Tampa Review, and elsewhere.
Awards and recognitions include nominations for the Best of the Net and the Pushcart Prize; an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the Cleveland State University College of Graduate Studies Distinguished Alumni Award, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar grant, and serving as the judge and juror for several literary contests, including the Quebec Writers' Federation A.M. Klein Award for poetry.