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Best, Arthur W., MFA

Assistant Professor
Office: MacAllister 002B
Office Phone: 262-951-3071
B.S. Drake University
M.F.A. Washington University
Areas of Specialization:
Poetry, creative writing, composition, videogame theory
Scholarly and Professional Achievements:
Books and Chapbooks

But Our Princess Is in Another Castle. Brookline: Rose Metal Press, 2013.

Drag: Twenty Short Poems about Smoking. Milwaukee: Centennial Press, 2011.

Birds of Wisconsin. Moorhead, Minn.: New Rivers Press, Fall 2010.

State Sonnets. Buffalo, NY: sunnyoutside, 2009.

Mead Lake, This. Milwaukee: Centennial Press, 2007.

Crap. Milwaukee: Centennial Press, 2005.


Recent poems have been published in Cream City Review, Mid-American Review, North American Review, Quarterly West, Denver Quarterly, Sentence, and Willow Springs, among other journals.
Service to Carroll University or the Profession:
Chair, Cultural Seminar Book Selection Committee,  
Advisor, Century (student literary magazine), 2011-
Vice President, Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets,
Editor, 2010 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar.
Advisory Board, Verse Wisconsin, 2009-present.
Editor, Desperado Press, 2006-present.
Chair, Student/Faculty Ethics Committee,
Honors and Awards:
Seven Pushcart Prize nominations.
2010 Outstanding Achievement in Poetry Award from
  the Wisconsin Library Association for Birds of
Winner, Many Voices Project competition, 2009.
Finalist to serve as Wisconsin's Poet Laureate,
Featured Artist, Cream City Review,
   Spring 2007 (31.1).

Last updated 8/2/2011

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