Kathy Fagan

Born: 1958

Ohio connection: Resident


Born in New York, NY, Kathy Fagan received an MFA from Columbia University and a PhD in English from the University of Utah. In 2017, she was named Ohio Poet of the Year. Her first book, The Raft (1985), was a National Poetry Series selection and her second book, Moving & St. Rage (1999), won the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry.

Fagan is the author of seven books of poetry, including Sycamore (2017) and Bad Hobby: Poems (2022). Her work is widely anthologized and has appeared in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, Slate, Narrative, The New Republic, The Nation, Poetry and many other literary magazines. Fagan is the recipient of fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, The Frost Place, Ohioana, and Greater Columbus Arts Council.

Kathy Fagan is a professor of English at The Ohio State University, the poetry editor of OSU Press, and advisor to The Journal.

Kathy Fagan has been the recipient of the Paumanok Poetry Award, the Pushcart Prize for Poetry, the Vassar Miller Prize for Poetry, and grants or fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, Bread Loaf, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. Ohioana Helen & Laura Krout Memorial Poetry Award, 2007; 2017, selected “Ohio Poet of the Year” by the Ohio Poetry Association; 2018 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award finalist for Sycamore.


Additional Resources

Wikipedia Article: Kathy Fagan