W.F. Lantry

W.F. Lantry, native of San Diego, is a widely published prize winning poet who has been featured in poetry journals and readings nationally and internationally. He currently lives in Washington, DC.

Lantry worked with Carolyn Forché in California, where he founded and edited Eye Prayers, a small press journal of poetry. He taught for eight years at L’Université de Nice in France earning his License and Maîtrise in English Literature, Linguistics and Translation. During this time, he won the Paris/Atlantic Young Writers Award. Boston University awarded him a Fellowship to study with Derek Walcott and George Starbuck, who together directed his thesis. There he received an M.A. in English and Creative Writing. He holds a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Houston where he worked with Donald Barthelme, Ed Hirsch, Mary Robison, James Robison and Adam Zagajewski. He was the first in the program to be awarded a double PhD, one in Fiction, one in Poetry. He has taught at 12 different Universities on two continents in a variety of fields, most often Literature and Rhetoric, but also in History, Library Science, World Civilizations, and Information Technology. He served as Director of Academic Technology at a national research university in Washington, DC for 15 years.



His recent honors include:

The Nautilus Book Award for Poetry: The Structure of Desire


Potomac Review Poetry Prize

Old Red Kimono LaNelle Daniel Prize

The Linnet’s Wing (Ireland) Audio Poetry Prize


Crucible Editors’ Poetry Prize

Atlanta Review International Publication Prize


CutBank Patricia Goedicke Prize in Poetry

Lindberg Foundation International Poetry for Peace Prize (Israel)

National Hackney Literary Award in Poetry

Comment Magazine Poetry Competition (first place)

He has twice been named finalist in the Premio Mundial Fernando Rielo de Poesía Mística (Spain). In 2010, he was named runner up for the UMB William Joiner Center Ellen LaForge Poetry Prize and the Hong Kong University Poetry Book Prize (China), he was commended for his entry in the International Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine (UK), and in Canada received Honorable Mention for the Prairie Fire Banff Centre Bliss Carman Poetry Award. In 2012, he was nominated for five Pushcart Prizes in two genres on three continents. He has given readings of his poetry in California, Texas, Connecticut, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC.

While in Nice, he participated in Interspace, a project seeking to unify Poetry, Philosophy, Music and Visual Art. As part of the Interspace project, he gave readings at the Musée Chéret and Galerie Ponchettes in Nice, Centre Pompidou in Paris, La Sapienza, Università di Roma in Italy and collaborated on a multi media event presented at the Roccabella in Monte Carlo under the patronage of and hosted by Prince Albert.

In the past year he was featured in the DC area at the HearArts Spoken Word & Music Program in Rockville, the Takoma Park Poetry Reading Series and the Poetry Lab Series at The Soundry in Northern Virginia. Other recent engagements include the Kestrel Celebration at Fairmont State University, and in New York at The Poets House, the Dada Poetry Salon Series at Cornelia St. Café, the Fiele-Festa launch at KGB, and the String Poet Studio Series at the Long Island Violin Shop.

His publication credits (listed separately) encompass print and online journals and anthologies, with his work translated into French, Arabic, Italian and Uzbek. He was the founding featured author of Eclectica, and new work has appeared in numerous publications in many countries including: Canada, Mexico, Scotland, France, Germany,   Austria, Czech Republic, Syria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Turkey, Israel, India, Indonesia, India, China and the UK.

Recently THIS Literary Magazine selected him as Spotlight Poet, and The Tower Journal featured his work. His chapbook, The Language of Birds, is a lyric retelling of Attar’s Conference of the Birds. The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree Press) is his first full-length collection.