Erin Adair-Hodges is the winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for her first poetry collection Let’s All Die Happy, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in 2017. Her second book, Every Form of Ruin, is forthcoming from Pitt in spring 2023.
A poet/essayist born and raised in New Mexico, Erin earned an MFA from the University of Arizona and then quit poetry; eight years later, her first accepted poem won The Georgia Review‘s Loraine Williams Prize. Her work can also be seen now or soon in American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Crazyhorse, Green Mountains Review, Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, AGNI and more. Until 2022, Erin was an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Central Missouri and the co-editor of Pleiades –she is now an Acquisitions Editor for Lake Union Publishing, acquiring the best in upmarket commercial fiction.
2018: Allen Tate Award for Poetry (Sewanee Review)
2017: Sewanee/Claudia Emerson Scholar in Poetry
2016: Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize for Let’s All Die Happy
2016: Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffe Scholar in Poetry
2015: Sara Patton Poetry Stipend, The Writer’s Hotel
2014: The Georgia Review’s Loraine Williams Poetry Prize Winner
2010: National and NM Press Women Awards (Feature Writing, Section Editing)
2006: University of Arizona Poetry Center Prize
Vermont Studio Center (2019 James Merrill Fellow)
Sewanee Writers Conference (2017 Claudia Emerson Scholar)
Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference (2016 Rona Jaffe Scholar)
The Writer’s Hotel (2015 Sara Patton Poetry)
Tin House Writers Workshop
Squaw Valley Community of Writers