B.J. Best holds an MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. His poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Hanging Loose, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Pleiades, and Quarterly West. His flash fiction has likewise appeared widely in places such as The Cossack Review, Moon City Review, and Pleiades. He is the author of three books of poetry: But Our Princess Is in Another Castle (Rose Metal Press, 2013), Birds of Wisconsin (New Rivers Press, 2010), and State Sonnets (sunnyoutside, 2009). An additional full-length book is forthcoming: the novella-in-verse I got off the train at Ash Lake (sunnyoutside). Best has published four chapbooks: Yes (Parallel Press, 2014); Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking (Centennial Press, 2011); Mead Lake, This (Centennial Press, 2007); and a long poem entitled Crap (Centennial Press, 2005). Best has also written many children’s nonfiction titles through Cavendish Square Publishing.
He teaches at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and lives in the Wisconsin countryside with his wife, son, their three cats, and the occasional salamander in their basement.
B.J. is available for classes, workshops, and readings. You can contact him through this blog or directly at bjbest60 (at) gmail.