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Cyrus Cassells

Born in Dover, Delaware, Cyrus Cassells grew up in the Mojave Desert near Los Angeles, California. He earned a BA from Stanford University. Cassells is the author of The Mud Actor (1982), winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series competition; Soul Make a Path through Shouting (1994), nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the William Carlos William Award; Beautiful Signor (1997), winner of the Lambda Literary Award; More Than Peace and Cypresses (2004); and The Crossed-Out Swastika (2012). His writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Indiana Review, AGNI, The Literati Quarterly, Boston Review, and elsewhere. Cassells's poetry examines personal encounters with history, love and eroticism, and suffering and violence.