Amy King

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Amy King is the recipient of the 2015 Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Award. Her latest collection, The Missing Museum, is a 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize winner. She’s co-editor of the anthology Big Energy Poets: Ecopoetry Thinks Climate Change and the anthology series, Bettering American Poetry. King is a professor of creative writing at SUNY Nassau Community College.

King has also taught poetry workshops at such places as the San Francisco State University Poetry Center and the Summer Writing Program @ Naropa University.

Her poems have been nominated for numerous Pushcart Prizes, she was a Lambda Literary finalist, and she was the recipient of a MacArthur Scholarship for Poetry. Amy founded and curated, from 2006, the Brooklyn-ba

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I'm the Man Who Loves You

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I Want to Make You Safe

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Slaves to Do These Things

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Antidotes For An Alibi

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The Missing Museum

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This Opera of Peace

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The Good Campaign

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Bettering American Poetry 2015

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The People Instruments

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A Poetics of the Zeitgeist by Amy King

Please check out my latest pandemic-inspired essay on poetry and capitalism at Jacket Magazine -


Poetry is a low-stakes celebratory game in the larger machinery we inhabit, and for that reason, despite a part of our industry’s desire to run in sync with capitalist values, to don the yoke of capitalism, in the fullness of time, poetry is also one of the least likely of the arts to be read an Read more of this blog post »
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Adrianna We miss you in the poetry group, Amy! I hope whatever you are up to is a fulfilling journey. Sending <3 and much luck to you! Your writing inspires me to keep refining my own craft!

message 46: by Susan

Susan Raineri What happened to the monthly Poetry contest???

message 45: by David

David Hi, Amy: Some of us wonder when we will be able to submit poems to the Goodreads Newsletter Contest?

message 44: by David

David Hi Amy!


Of all your many poems does one stand out as your best? Maybe the contest is for poets with smaller oeuvres who have fewer outstanding poems from which to chose.


message 43: by Steve

Steve Amy hi! This is an invitation to join my group on the Link below.On the group there is free rein for anybody to set up up a discussion
group of their own,for example you can set up a writing group to
discuss all forms of writing.I hope to see you there where you will
receive a very warm welcome-Alan.

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message 41: by Harry

Harry Gosh.....You have alot of friends....( I can understand why )

message 40: by Ugbomeh

Ugbomeh Hi Amy, thanks for the adds, i must say you kept me waiting but all the same, nothing good comes easy, my regards and best wishes......

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Tom Blubaugh Amy, thank you for joining my community of friends. Blessings, Tom.

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Mike Brecon Thanks for adding me to your list of friends.
Mike Brecon

Steve Thank you for the GR friendship Amy -x- May your week be filled with happiness!

message 36: by Amy

Amy Adrianna wrote: "Thanks so much for adding me as a friend, Amy!"

Cheers, Adrianna!

Adrianna Thanks so much for adding me as a friend, Amy!

Patricia Garlitz Thank You so much for adding me as a friend.

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Wendy Babiak Hi Amy! I finally listened to This Opera of Peace. Very ambitious! I enjoyed it. I loved this line especially: "I have been the cradle of maybe." Yes!

message 32: by Mx

Mx Hi Amy! Just checking in to say I love your work!!!

message 31: by Lori

Lori Thank you for the add.

Have a great week.


message 30: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Thanks Amy for the friendship. Hope you have an awesome wkend!

Frank (Craig) Caudill thanks for inviting me

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Roger Cottrell Hi Amy.
Thankyou vert much for the friendship on Goodreads,

message 26: by Nate

Nate Kenyon Hi Amy!

message 25: by Rachel

Rachel Hi Amy! Just dropping in to say hello and I was listening a few days ago, to the CD you sent me, while dying my hair blonde. The blonde didn't work out so well, but I had a good time singing.

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Matt Walker I believe so!

message 23: by Donald

Donald Thanks for the ipoetryi invite but I'm not a poet, don't know what I could offer.

message 22: by Sean

Sean I apologise for my late reply.
Oh, you get it on the radio I thought you were talking about the television channel.

It doesn't sound like an easy thing to live with put it that way, must be a big strain on your life. But you sound as if your getting through which is good. :)
That's alright.

Thank you.

Speak soon,


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Michele Cool picture and thanks for the ad, Michele Marchetti
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Sean You've been sick for almost three months? Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine how irritating that must have become. Nothing serious was up I hope? I can't say I've ever heard of the condition I'll have to whack it in Google and find out. Oh its blackouts? I've heard of this before but didn’t actually know what it was called. It sounds quite serious, but I'm glad you’re better now. :D

I'll have a look on Amazon later and see if I can get hold of it and I'll keep a look out for the sample.
I'm good thanks, been busy with exams though but so glad there finally over now.
London isn’t too bad, the weathers got good these last few days which makes a change.
Oh yeah there’s always arguments over politics here in England, you get the BBC over there then? Didn’t think you would.

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Sean How are you?
& Where can I order your books online? :)

message 18: by Sean (last edited Jun 11, 2008 10:50AM)

Sean Hi Amy! :)

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W.B. Hi Amy, The books arrived and are being enjoyed. THANK YOU! I will look forward to saying something about them in a public forum very soon.

Make more!

Catherine Hi Amy - nice to meet you! :-)
I haven't had a chance to read your poetry yet but I look forward to it. And what lovely book covers!

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Zlyoc thanx for the add. cheers!

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W.B. In the Kingdom of the Prolific, you are Queen. I see you sitting on a Carnelian Throne with Goldfinches Alighting.

The H.D. touches, you know.

You should send me something to review sometime.

My reviewing is mostly confined to my blog as I sort of segregate myself from Literature Proper.

But I would still like to get a freebie and talk about you.

If you're down get back and I'll give you my addy for snails.

If not, I'll eventually weaken and buy something.


message 13: by Jeremy

Jeremy I want to apologize for the all the recommendations from me yesterday. I wanted to share the Stoker Award news, and I only pressed the send button once--I'm not sure what happened to create so many messages. Some weird glitch.

Argh...this is terrible...

Again, I'm very sorry.


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Jeremy Here’s wishing you a nifty New Year filled with noiseless noses, neato nicknames, noble Nebraskans, gnarly narcoleptic nebulas, and novel novels about nut-eating narwhals and novercaphobic gnats.

-Jeremy :)

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Jeremy Hi Amy!

Here’s wishing you a yippee-filled Yuletime overflowing with yard-long yams, yapping yoyo-yanking yetis, yak-milk yeast-cakes, and yellow yarn-yielding year-end yard-gnomes.

-Jeremy :)

message 10: by Jeremy (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:07PM)

Jeremy Hi Amy!

If you don't mind sharing--I was wondering, what's your favorite novel of all time? Or novels?

Here’s wishing you a fantastic day filled with fabulous friendships, fanciful festivities, and frolicking phantom footstools.

-Jeremy :)

message 9: by Aberjhani (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:58PM)

Aberjhani Hello Amy--
It's great to meet such a prolific author here at GoodReads. Looking forward to becoming more familiar with your work. Peace,


message 8: by Daniel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:25PM)

Daniel Amy, my favorite poem is the Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam. You and I have both discovered our own distinct nitches in this literary jungle. Whether our work lasts as long as that of Omar Khayyam remains to be seen.

message 7: by Andrew (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:16PM)

Andrew hey amy...

how goes it?

message 6: by Bradley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 12:14PM)

Bradley Hello der, glad to meet a fellow writer. =)

message 5: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Tao i want to be with stobb. whatever gets me with stobb will be good. i don't have anything planned beyond october. any day is good. thank you.

message 4: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Tao i have jobs then. i have several fake jobs.

message 3: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Tao i don't like real jobs.

message 2: by Tao (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Tao i don't have a job. do you have a job?

message 1: by Anny (last edited Aug 25, 2016 11:19AM)

Anny Hi Amy, very nice to see you. And congratulations for your readings.

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