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Nick Lantz grew up in Berkeley, California. He received a BA in Religious Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  His work has appeared in journals such as Mid-American Review, Southern Review, Gulf Coast, FIELD, Indiana Review, and Prairie Schooner. He was the 2010-2011 Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College. He has also taught at the University of Wisconsin, Tinker Mountain Writers’ Workshop, Queens University’s Low-Residency MFA, and Franklin & Marshall College. He currently teaches in the MFA program at Sam Houston State University, where he is the poetry editor of the Texas Review.

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Nick Lantz’s first book, We Don’t Know We Don’t Know was selected by Linda Gregerson for the Katharine Bakeless Nason Prize and was published in 2010 by Graywolf Press. It also won the 2011 GLCA New Writers Award, the Council for Wisconsin Writers Posner Award, and the Larry Levis Reading Prize. His second book, The Lightning That Strikes the Neighbors’ House, was selected by Robert Pinsky for the Felix Pollak Prize and was published by the University of Wisconsin Press, also in 2010. His third book is forthcoming from Graywolf Press. For more information about Nick’s books, including reviews and ordering information, click on the covers to the right or here.


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Check out the Books section for more info reviews, sample poems, and information on purchasing Nick’s books. See photos of past readings and learn about upcoming appearances in the Events section. The Dabbler, Nick’s blog, contains reviews, essays, and updates. Summaries of Nick’s plays are available in the Theater section. Get in touch with Nick on the Contact page.


Nick Lantz is also a playwright. His play Across a Distance, which incorporates opera and American Sign Language, was produced in September 2010 as part of the fall season of UW-Madison’s University Theatre. Many of Nick’s short and one-act plays have been produced Portland, Oregon, Half Moon Bay, California, and Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Read summaries and production details of selected plays here.

In fall 2012, Nick will begin teaching in Sam Houston State University’s brand new MFA program. Find out about the program here.http://www.shsu.edu/~grs_www/creativewriting.htmlshapeimage_6_link_0