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B.A., English Literature, University of Georgia, 1996
M.F.A., Poetry, University of Michigan, 2007
KC Trommer is the author of the award-winning poetry collection We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) and the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). Since 2021, she has been a poet in residence on Governors Island, first through the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s COVID-19 Response Residency Program, then with Works on Water, and now through NYU Gallatin’s WetLab. From 2020-22, she co-curated the Red Door Series at St. Mark’s Church in Jackson Heights with the poet Spencer Reece. In 2018, she founded an ongoing, collaborative, online audio project, QUEENSBOUND (queensbound.com). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize as well as the Fugue Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Best American Poetry, Blackbird, The Common, Diode, LitHub, The Sycamore Review, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, Poetry East, RadioLab, as well as in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; Bared; and Who Will Speak for America? Her essays have appeared in VIDA Review, LitHub, and in the anthology Oh, Baby! True Stories About Conception, Adoption, Surrogacy, Pregnancy, Labor, and Love (Creative Nonfiction, 2015). In 2017, the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein created the song cycle “Three Rides” for soprano, cello, and piano from her work. The first of the songs, “The Cyclone,” had its world premiere in New York as a part of the 2017 Five Boroughs Music Festival’s Five Borough Songbook, Volume II. In 2021, “A Tuesday Spot,” a song by Garfein from Trommer’s poem of the same name, had its world premiere on December 3, 2021, for the Brooklyn Art Song Society’s 2021 season. Her work has been recognized by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Onassis Foundation USA, the Sustainable Arts Foundation, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Queens Museum, Works on Water, the Table 4 Writers Foundation, the Center for Book Arts, the Vermont Studio Center, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and the Prague Summer Program. She has taught writing at NYU Gallatin; Poets House; Catapult; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Bard High School Early College, Queens; and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the Director of Communications at NYU Gallatin and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son.
Teaching and research interests: poetry prosody poetics poetry and performance place-based writing ekphrasis visual arts contemporary art feminist art activism creative activism community-building practices social justice