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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Charlotte Pence  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry



Illinois Connection

Pence is a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Biographical and Professional Information

Charlotte Pence's poetry merges the personal with the scientific by engaging with current evolutionary theory. Her first full-length poetry collection, ''Many Small Fires'', explores her father's chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities, and households. A professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks including [ ''The Branches, The Axe, The Missing'',] and the editor of [ ''The Poetics of American Song Lyrics'']. Her poetry has recently been published in ''Alaska Quarterly Review'', ''Denver Quarterly'', ''North American Review'', ''Prairie Schooner'', and ''The Southern Poetry Anthology''.

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-- Discovered Voices Pushcart nominations New Millennium Writing award