C.S. Giscombe’s poetry books include ‘Prairie Style,’ ‘Giscome Road,’ and ‘Here.’ His essay collections include ‘Into and Out of Dislocation,’ concerning Canada, race, and family, and ‘Border Towns,’ on poetry, color, nature, television, and more. His recognitions include the 2010 Stephen Henderson Award, an American Book Award (for ‘Prairie Style’) and the Carl Sandburg Prize (for ‘Giscome Road’). He has been the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fund for Poetry, the Canadian Embassy to the United States, and other agencies. His work on Canada was acknowledged with a Fulbright Research Award by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. Projects underway include a prose book titled ‘Railroad Sense’ (having to do with trains and other forms of public transportation) and a poetry book titled ‘Negro Mountain.’ He teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, where he is curator of the Mixed Blood readings, talks, and publication series. He is a long-distance cyclist.
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