Poet Paul Guest earned his BA in humanities from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and his MFA from Southern Illinois University. He is the author of three collections of poetry: The Resurrection of the Body and the Ruin of the World (2003), which won the New Issues Poetry Prize; Notes for My Body Double (2006), winner of the Prairie Schooner Book Prize; and My Index of Slightly Horrifying Knowledge (2008).
 
His memoir, One More Theory About Happiness (2010), recounts the bike accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down when he was 12 and charts his life since. Described by Christopher Beha in the New York Times as a “coming-of-talent story,” Guest’s book describes his process of rehabilitation and recovery as well as his discovery of poetry. The memoir earned praise for its unsentimental portrayal of life in an accident’s aftermath. Guest’s honors and awards include a Whiting Writers’ Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. He lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, and teaches at the University of Virginia.
  • Appeared in Poetry Magazine
  • Appeared in Poetry Magazine

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