Katie Ford is the author of four books of poems: Deposition; Colosseum; Blood Lyrics; and If You Have to Go, all published by Graywolf Press.
Blood Lyrics was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Rilke Prize. Colosseum was named among the “Best Books of 2008” by Publishers Weekly and the Virginia Quarterly Review and led to a Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Larry Levis Prize. International invitations to read and lecture include festivals in Tunis, Morocco, Oslo, and Stockholm.
She completed graduate work in world religions, theology and poetry at Harvard University, and, following that, received her M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The Paris Review, The American Poetry Review, and the Norton Introduction to Literature.
She has taught poetry and creative writing for over twenty years around the country–at Loyola University New Orleans, Reed College, Franklin & Marshall College, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, the Community of Writers, and at numerous festivals and residencies. Since 2014 she has taught at the University of California, Riverside where she is a Professor of Creative Writing and served as Director of the MFA Program from 2015-18. She lives in South Pasadena with her young daughter, Maggie.