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Bio

Ari Banias is the author of Anybody (W.W. Norton, 2016), which was named a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the PEN Center USA Literary Award. His most recent chapbook, A Symmetry, was published by The Song Cave in 2018. Ari was born in Los Angeles, grew up in the Chicago area, and holds a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in poetry from Hunter College. His poems appear in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, Los Angeles Review of Books Quarterly, POETRY, A Public Space, Troubling The Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, and as part of the MOTHA exhibition Transgender Hirstory in 99 Objects. He has been awarded fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and Stanford University’s Wallace Stegner program. Ari lives in the East Bay and teaches poetry in the Bay Area.