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Joan Colby

Born: 1939 in Chicago
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Colby was born and raised in Chicago and now lives in Elgin.

Biography: Joan Colby has been widely published in journals including ''Poetry'', ''Atlanta Review'', ''GSU Review'', ''Portland Review'', ''South Dakota Review'', ''The Spoon River Poetry Review'', ''New York Quarterly'', ''the new renaissance'', ''Grand Street'', ''Epoch'', ''Mid-American Poetry Review'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''Kansas Quarterly'', ''The Hollins Critic'', ''Minnesota Review'', ''Western Humanities Review'', ''College English'', ''Another Chicago Magazine'' and many others. Along with her published books listed below, Colby has also written the chapbooks ''Eleven Poems'', ''Dream Tree'', ''Chagall Poems'' and ''Beheading the Children''. She has a new chapbook ''Bittersweet'' forthcoming in 2014 from Main Street Rag. Colby's poems have also been published in various anthologies including: ''What Have You Lost'', ''Disenchantments:An Anthology of Modern Fairy Tale Poetry'', ''The Poet Dreaming in the Artist's House'' and ''Fine China: 20 Years of Poetry From Earth's Daughters''. Colby has been a columnist, reporter for the ''Elgin Daily Courier-News'', columnist for Copely News Service, Media Director for Amerad Advertising, reporter for Record Banner Newspapers, the editor of ''Illinois Racing News'' and ''The Equine Market'', and associate editor of ''Kentucky Review'' and ''FutureCycle Press''.

  • Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature; Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, Stone County Award for Poetry, Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry. Finalist in the 2007 GSU Poetry Contest. Honorable mention in the 2008 and 2010

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers

Joan Colby on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  Blue woman dancing in the nerve :
ISBN: 0934184011 OCLC: 5492476

Alembic Press, Ithaca, N.Y. : 1979.

  How the sky begins to fall /
ISBN: 0933180322 OCLC: 9472317

Spoon River Poetry Press, Peoria, Ill. : 1982.

ISBN: 9781941783085 OCLC: 952714815

Selected poems /
ISBN: 1938853296 OCLC: 877975089

Selections from the author's previously published books of poetry.

The atrocity book /
ISBN: 0899240453 OCLC: 11030811

Lynx House Press ; Amherst, Mass. : ©1986.

  The boundary waters /
ISBN: 0913614092 OCLC: 10712073

Charles Shahoud Hanna, Wescosville, Pa. : ©1982.

  The lonely hearts killers /
ISBN: 0933180888 OCLC: 15155300