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Professor Holmes

Janet Holmes is a Full Professor in the Department of English, where she teaches poetry in the Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing. Her publications include The ms of my kin (Shearsman, 2009), F2F (U Notre Dame, 2006), Humanophone (U Notre Dame, 2001), The Green Tuxedo (U Notre Dame, 1998), and The Physicist at the Mall (Anhinga Press, 1994). Her awards include grants from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the Bush Foundation, the Loft-McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, and the Minnesota Arts Board; the Minnesota Book Award, the Foreword Magazine Poetry Book of the Year award,  the Chad Walsh Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Award, and two inclusions in the Best American Poetry series; and fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell, the Fondation Ledig-Rowholt (Switzerland), and Fundación Valparaíso (Spain). In 2014, she will be a Fulbright fellow in Budapest, Hungary. At Boise State she teaches workshops, form and theory classes, and graduate courses on the New York School, the “Objectivists,” Oulipo, and American Modernist poets.

Professor Holmes is, since 1999, director and editor of Boise State University’s Ahsahta Press (, where she publishes seven books of poetry per year aided by a class of graduate students. As of 2011, she has edited over fifty volumes of poetry.