Jeffrey Skinner is the recipient of a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in poetry. His most recent book of poems, Glaciology, won the 2012 Crab Orchard Open Poetry Award, and was published in 2013 by Southern Indiana University Press. In 2015 Skinner was given one of eight American Academy of Arts & Letters Awards, for exceptional accomplishment in writing. In 2006 he was awarded his second Creative Writing Fellowship ($20,000) from the National Endowment for the Arts. He has published five previous collections: Late Stars (Wesleyan University Press), A Guide to Forgetting ( a winner in the 1987 National Poetry series, chosen by Tess Gallagher, published by Graywolf Press), The Company of Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series), and Gender Studies, (Miami University Press) and Salt Water Amnesia (Ausable Press.). Skinner has edited two anthologies of poems, Last Call: Poems of Alcoholism, Addiction, and Deliverance; and Passing the Word: Poets and Their Mentors. He also writes plays, and his full length play DOWN RANGE had a successful limited run at Theatre 3 in New York City in the Spring of 2009, and was produced again in Chicago in 2013. Four of Skinner’s plays have been finalists in the Eugene O’Neill Theater Conference competition, and his one-act, Damned Spot, won the 2006 Paw Paw Village Players short play competition. His recent play DREAM ON, had its premier production in February of 2007 in Philadelphia, PA.
Skinner’s poems have appeared in many magazines, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Nation, The American Poetry Review, The Nation, Poetry, FENCE, Bomb, DoubleTake, and The Georgia, Iowa, and Paris Reviews, and his poems, plays and stories have gathered grants, fellowships, and awards from such sources as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the state arts agencies of Connecticut, Delaware, and Kentucky.
He has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, McDowell, and the Fine Arts Center in Provincetown. His work has been featured numerous times on National Public Radio. In 2002 Skinner served as Poet-in-Residence at the James Merrill House in Stonington, Connecticut. Jeffrey Skinner is President of the Board of Directors, and Editorial Consultant, for Sarabande Books, a literary publishing house he founded with his wife Sarah Gorham.