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Michael Adams

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Michael Adams grew up in a steel town 10 miles from Pittsburgh, PA and has been writing poetry since the 1960s. He has a B.A. in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in planning, both from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of five books of poetry and essays, including Broken Hand Peak (Turkey Buzzard Press, 2008) Underground (Longhand Press, 2007) and Between Heaven and Earth (Elik Press, 2004). Whistleblowers (Turkey Buzzard Press 2009) is his most recent work, like Underground a collaboration with the poets James Taylor III and Phil Woods. These three poets perform together as the Free Radical Railroad. Michael is the winner of the 2007 Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, awarded by the Telluride Writers Guild. In addition, he has been published in numerous magazines and journals around the country Michael now lives in Lafayette, CO, where the short grass prairie meets the Rocky Mountains. He has worked as a steel worker an urban planner, a mountaineering and whitewater rafting guide, and a supervisor for Boulder, CO Open Space Department. He now teaches in the Master of Arts program at Prescott College. He is an accomplished cook and banjo player in the clawhammer style and lives with his wife, Claire and their dog, Terra.