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Justin Gardiner holds an MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College, where he was awarded the Larry Levis Stipend in 2012. He has also served as the Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellow—a one-of-a-kind, twelve-month backcountry residency sponsored by PEN Northwest. His first book manuscript of poems has been chosen as a finalist for both the Brittingham/Pollak Prize and the Four Way First Book Prize, among others; and his poems have appeared in journals that include The Missouri Review, Quarterly West, The Southern Humanities Review, New South, and ZYZZYVA, among others. Currently he is working on a book of creative nonfiction, consisting of twelve linked nature essays, each set in a different park or wilderness area.
Justin Gardiner’s first book, Beneath the Shadow: Legacy and Longing in the Antarctic, will be published as part of the University of Georgia’s Crux Narrative Nonfiction Series in 2019. He is the winner of the 2012 Margery Davis Boyden Wilderness Writing Fellowship from PEN Northwest, and a recipient of the Warren Wilson MFA Program’s generous Larry Levis Stipend. His poetry has appeared, or is forthcoming, in journals that include The Missouri Review, Blackbird, Quarterly West, The Collagist, and ZYZZYVA.
Last Updated: January 22, 2020