Neil Shepard (born January 29, 1951 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts) is an American poet, essayist, professor of creative writing, and literary magazine editor. He has a BA from University of Vermont, MFA from Colorado State University, and Ph.D. from Ohio University. He has taught at Louisiana State University, Rider University (NJ), and Johnson State College (VT). He currently teaches in the low-residency MFA writing program at Wilkes University (PA) and at Poets House in New York City, and he is Senior Editor of the literary magazine Green Mountains Review. Shepard founded and directed for eight years the Writers Program at the Vermont Studio Center. He is also a founding member of the poetry-jazz ensemble, PoJazz, whose CD, Last Days, is distributed by Tupelo Press. He has published four full collections of poetry—Scavenging the Country for a Heartbeat (First Book Award, Mid-List Press, 1993); Iím Here Because I Lost My Way (Mid-List, 1998); This Far from the Source (Mid-List, 2006); and (T)ravel/Un(t)ravel (Mid-List, 2011)—as well as a chapbook of poems, Vermont Exit Ramps (Big Table Publishing, 2012). His poems and essays appear in several hundred magazines, among them Antioch Review, AWP Chronicle, Boulevard, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, New England Review, North American Review, Paris Review, Shenandoah, Small Press Reviews, Southern Review, and TriQuarterly.
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