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Neil Aitken
Website
neil-aitken.com
Audience Age Groups
Secondary (Grades 10-12)
Adults

Neil Aitken

Neil Aitken is the author of two books of poetry, Babbage's Dream (Sundress 2017) and The Lost Country of Sight (Anhinga 2008), which won the Philip Levine Prize. His poetry chapbook, Leviathan (Hyacinth Girl Press 2016) was awarded an Elgin Prize for Sci Fi Poetry. He is the founding editor of Boxcar Poetry Review, creator of Have Book Will Travel (a web resource for authors and reading series), and host of The Lit Fantastic, a podcast about authors and their obsessions. He also co-directs De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a pop-up library, and web resource showcasing work by writers of color. He presently works as a creative writing coach and consultant. Neil has published poetry, essays, and translations in many literary journals and anthologies, as well as on buses, in a mathematics journal, and even as the center piece of a high concept fashion magazine. His poetry has appeared in The Adroit Journal, American Literary Review, The Collagist, Crab Orchard Review, I.T Magazine, Lantern Review, Ninth Letter, Southern Poetry Review, and many other literary journals. Neil holds a PhD in Literature & Creative Writing from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Creative Writing from UC Riverside, as well as a BS in Computer Science with Mathematics minor from Brigham Young University. As a Chinese-English translator, Neil has worked with poet-translator Ming Di to translate The Book of Cranes: Selected Poems of Zang Di (Vagabond 2015) as well as many of Ming Di's own first selected poems, which were published as The River Merchant's Wife (Marick Press 2012). His co-translations of Jiang Hao, Jiang Li, Jiang Tao, Lu De'an, Lu Yue, Sun Wenbo, and Zang Di are also prominently featured in New Cathay: Contemporary Chinese Poetry, 1990-2012 (Tupelo 2013). He was awarded the DJS Translation Prize in 2011 and serves as a contributing editor and board member of Poetry East West. Of Chinese and Scottish descent, Neil was born in Vancouver, BC and grew up in Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, and various parts of the western United States and Canada. He's lived in North Battleford and Regina, and has traveled throughout Saskatchewan.


Publications

Babbage's Dream

Sundress Publications, 2017

Leviathan

Hyacinth Girl Press, 2016

The Lost Country of Sight

Anhinga Press, 2008

Plays

The Edge of a Dream
Company: Los Angeles Opera
City: Los Angeles, California
Effective Year: 2020

Periodicals

American Poetry Journal
Year: 2018
Category: Literary Journal
Moria
Year: 2017
Category: Literary Journal
College Mathematics Journal
Year: 2016
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
The Adroit Journal
Year: 2016
Category: Literary Journal
The Cossack Review
Year: 2016
Category: Literary Journal
Stirring
Year: 2015
Category: Literary Journal
Tayo Literary Journal
Year: 2015
Category: Literary Journal
diode
Year: 2014
Category: Literary Journal
Eleven Eleven
Year: 2014
Category: Literary Journal
I.T Post Magazine
Year: 2014
Category: Newspaper/Magazine/Trade Journal
Ostrich Review
Year: 2014
Category: Literary Journal
Radar Poetry
Year: 2014
Category: Literary Journal
Stirring
Year: 2014
Category: Literary Journal
Thrush Poetry Journal
Year: 2014
Category: Literary Journal
Anti-
Year: 2013
Category: Literary Journal
Exit 7
Year: 2013
Category: Literary Journal
The Dialogist
Year: 2013
Category: Literary Journal
American Literary Review
Year: 2012
Category: Literary Journal
Kartika Review
Year: 2012
Category: Literary Journal
Lantern Review
Year: 2012
Category: Literary Journal
Likewise Folio
Year: 2012
Category: Literary Journal
RHINO
Year: 2012
Category: Literary Journal
The Normal School
Year: 2012
Category: Literary Journal
Iron Horse Literary Review
Year: 2011
Category: Literary Journal
The Collagist
Year: 2011
Category: Literary Journal
diode
Year: 2009
Category: Literary Journal
Ninth Letter
Year: 2009
Category: Literary Journal
Sunstone
Year: 2009
Category: Literary Journal
Weave
Year: 2009
Category: Literary Journal
Barn Owl Review
Year: 2008
Category: Literary Journal
Pebble Lake Review
Year: 2008
Category: Literary Journal
DMQ Review
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
MiPOesias
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
Redactions
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
Rock & Sling
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
Sou'Wester
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
Stirring
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
The Drunken Boat
Year: 2007
Category: Literary Journal
Avatar Review
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
Crab Orchard Review
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
Portland Review
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
RHINO
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
Silk Road
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
Spillway
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
Washington Square
Year: 2006
Category: Literary Journal
Beyond the Valley of Contemporary Poets
Year: 2004
Category: Literary Journal
Poetic Diversity
Year: 2004
Category: Literary Journal
Southern Poetry Review
Year: 1999
Category: Literary Journal

Broadcast Works

The Lit Fantastic, KBOO Portland 90.7 FM, Community Radio , 2017-2018

The Lit Fantastic was a podcast that later became a radio show. Each episode featured Neil Aitken interviewing authors of various genres about their favorite or weirdest obsessions. It ran two seasons and was broadcast on KBOO 90.7 FM Portland during 2018. Both seasons are available on SoundCloud.

Genres

Electronic Media
  • Websites
Music-Related
  • Librettos
Non-Fiction
  • Essays
Poetry
  • Literary

Services

Academic/Research Writing
  • Essays
  • Research
Editing
  • Developmental/Project Editing
  • Manuscript Critiquing (Not Editing)
Electronic/Online Media
  • Online
Genre Writing
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Literary/Creative Fiction
  • Poetry
Journalism
  • Interviews
Lecturing/Public Speaking
  • Conferences
  • Keynote Addresses
  • Special Events
Teaching/Instruction
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Writer-in-Residence
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