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David Roderick’s first book, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published jointly by the American Poetry Review in 2006.


Blue Colonial led to fellowships at the Bread Loaf and Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Following the book’s publication, David was named the recipient of the 2007-2008 Amy Lowell Travelling Scholarship.


The Americans, David's second collection, was published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series in 2014. Shenandoah awarded him its annual James Boatwright III Prize for a sequence of poems from the book. A larger sample of poems won the 2012 Campbell Corner Poetry Prize, selected by Phillis Levin, Vijay Seshadri, and Elizabeth Spires. The Americans also won the 2014 Julie Suk Award for poetry.


Since completing his M.F.A. at the University of Massachusetts and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, David has taught creative writing and literature classes at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. For nine years he taught in MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

David currently co-directs and teaches at Left Margin LIT, a creative writing center serving writers in the East Bay. He lives in Berkeley with his wife, poet Rachel Richardson, and their two daughters. He also serves as the Commissioner of Old Man Basketball, a basketball collective in Berkeley's Thousand Oaks neighborhood.

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