W.F. Lantry, a native of San Diego, is a widely published prize winning poet and fiction writer who has been featured in poetry journals and readings nationally and internationally. His poetry collections are The Terraced Mountain (Little Red Tree 2015), The Structure of Desire (Little Red Tree 2012), winner of a 2013 Nautilus Award in Poetry, and The Language of Birds (Finishing Line 2011). He currently lives in Washington, DC.
He worked 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 has taught at 14 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:
Potomac Review Poetry Prize
Old Red Kimono LaNelle Daniel Prize
The Linnet’s Wings (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 Award
Four times in the past seven years he has been named a finalist in the Premio Mundial Fernando Rielo de Poesía Mística.