Tanya Grae’s debut collection Undoll (YesYes Books, 2019) was a 2017 National Poetry Series finalist. She is also the author of the chapbook Lethe (Five Oaks Press, 2018). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in AGNI, Prairie Schooner, New Ohio Review, The Massachusetts Review, Barrow Street, Fjords, The Los Angeles Review, Post Road, The Florida Review, and elsewhere in journals and anthologies. Yusef Komunyakaa selected Grae’s poem “The Line of a Girl” to receive the 2016 Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize.
As a manuscript, Undoll was finalist in seven other contests: the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize (2017), Four Way Levis Prize (2017), Barrow Street Prize (2017), Anhinga-Robert Dana Prize (2017), Permafrost Prize (U Alaska; 2017), Four Way Intro Prize (2016), and The Brittingham and Pollak Prizes (2016).
Grae is a PhD creative writing student at Florida State University. She holds a dual-genre MFA in poetry and fiction from Bennington College and a BA in English from Rollins College, where she received the Academy of American Poets Prize. She lives in Tallahassee with her daughters.
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“I admire how [Grae] sees us, our days, our bodies: “A body is sixty percent / ocean & the rest, sediment– / a ship at sea bears load to / the plimsoll.” I admire also how this poet lets us see the music of this very act of seeing: “I close my eyes & lull / against the translation of owls calling out— / If not you, someone. If not you, someone new.”