Becky Byrkit tended
bar at the Mountainairre Tavern near Flagstaff for many years,
before receiving her MFA at the University of Arizona in 1992.
She and friends founded Among Other Things Inc., Tucson's longest-running
literary arts series that brought hundreds of artists and their
Becky protested traditional writer's workshop
formats by developing the Poets' Voice and Range Workshop, sponsored
by the UA Poetry Center, for writers experiencing passionate issues
in their relationship to literature. She was an Associated Writers'
Program INTRO award winner in 1992, and received fellowships and
honors from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Tucson Community
Foundation, and New Letters in American Writing.
In addition to being chosen by A. R. Ammons
to appear in Best American Poetry, she won the Sonora Review Prize
in Poetry, both in 1994. She is anthologized in a volume published
by the University of Arizona Press on southwestern poets, as well
as an anthology of influential American women contemporary poets,
edited by Nancy Johnson, 1996. Her poems have appeared widley
in journals, including Ploughshares, Black Warrior Review, Phoebe,
Exquisite Corpse, New England Review, and many others. Her first
book, zealand, was nominated by SUN/gemini Press for the Western
States Book Award in 1995; in the same year Becky received a Pushcart
Prize nomination for six poems.
Titles Available from Kore Press:
"A poem is another articulate
opiate almost in motion, in the retroactive name of all
that remains momentary, preposterous and completely desirable:
crystal and indecisive, a skin and archipelago of calling
and calling and calling."