Charles Jensen was born in Eagle, Wisconsin, and earned an MFA from Arizona State University. He is the author of the chapbooks Little Burning Edens (2005); Living Things (2006), winner of the Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award; and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (2007). His full-length poetry collection, First Risk (2009), was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award.
 
The poems in Jensen’s First Risk are influenced by a variety of subjects, including art, film, and mythology. Over four extended sequences, Jensen writes of the murder of Matthew Shepard, the films of Pedro Almodóvar and Alfred Hitchcock, the painter Luca Cambiaso, and the myth of Venus and Adonis.
 
Former director of the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, he is the founding editor of LOCUSPOINT, an online journal of poetry. Charles Jensen currently lives in Los Angeles, where he works with Arts for LA.
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