Creative Writing Faculty

Looney on sabbatical in Kinsale

George Looney
Office: 137 Kochel Center
Phone: 814.898.6281

George Looney's sixth collection of poetry, Monks Beginning to Waltz, was published by Truman State University Press in March of 2012, and his fifth, A Short Bestiary of Love and Madness, was published by Stephen F. Austin State University in November of 2011. His fourth book of poetry, Open Between Us, was released in 2010 by Turning Point, an imprint of WordTech communications. Looney's first book of fiction, Hymn of Ash, won the 2007 Elixir Press Fiction Chapbook Award and was published in the spring of 2008. His third book of poetry, The Precarious Rhetoric of Angels, won the tenth annual White Pine Press Poetry Prize and was published in the fall of 2005. His first book, Animals Housed in the Pleasure of Flesh, won the 1995 Bluestem Award. His second, Attendant Ghosts, was published by Cleveland State University Press in 2000. In 2001, Pudding House Press published his Greatest Hits 1990-2000 chapbook. His poetry has won a number of awards, including the 2010 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in Poetry from The Missouri Review and the 2003 Larry Levis Editors' Award in Poetry from The Missouri Review, and prizes from Zone 3, New Letters, The Literary Review, and Flyway: A Literary Review. He has received a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and two grants from the Ohio Arts Council, and, most recently, a $10,000 fellowship from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for 2006. His work has been published in such journals as The Southern Review, New England Review, The Kenyon Review, Quarterly West, Prairie Schooner, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Ohio Review, Indiana Review, Ascent, Connecticut Review, and many others. For eight years he served as editor-in-chief of Mid-American Review, for which he is now translation editor. His M.F.A. is from Bowling Green State University. He is editor-in-chief of Lake Effect and chair of the creative writing program at Penn State Behrend, and co-founder and co-director of the Chautauqua Writers' Festival. In 2007, he received Penn State's Undergraduate Program Leadership Award.

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Open Between Us

       Published by
       Turning Point Books
       Cincinnati, Ohio

         Published by
         White Pine Press
         Buffalo, New York

Published by
Elixir Press
Denver, Colorado

       Published by
       Bluestem Press
       Emporia State University
       Emporia, Kansas

Published by
Cleveland State University
Poetry Center
Cleveland, Ohio           

       Published by
       Turning Point Book
       Johnstown, Ohio
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