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Charles Harper Webb

Called by Lifescape "Southern California's most inventive and accessible poet," Charles Harper Webb has published 12 books of poetry, including "Reading the Water," "Liver," "Tulip Farms & Leper Colonies," "Hot Popsicles," "Amplified Dog," "Shadow Ball: New and Selected Poems," "What Things Are Made Of," "Brain Camp," and his most recent, "Sidebend World." Poetry awards include the Morse Prize, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, Felix Pollock Prize, and Benjamin Saltman Prize. Webb's poems have appeared in distinguished journals and anthologies, including American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Iowa Review, Yale Review, Harvard Review, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Tin House, Poets of the New Century, Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize. A former professional rock musician and psychotherapist, he is the editor of "Stand Up Poetry: An Expanded Anthology," and recipient of a Whiting Writer's Award, a fellowship from the Guggenheim foundation, and the CSULB Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award. A collection of his essays on contemporary American poetry, "A Million MFAs Are Not Enough," was published in 2016 by Red Hen Press. Professor of English at California State University, Long Beach, Webb teaches in the MFA Program in Creative Writing there.