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Roy Bentley  has received awards and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Ohio Arts Council. His poems have appeared in the Southern Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Pleiades, Blackbird, Sou’wester, American Literary Review and elsewhere. He has published nine chapbooks and three books of poetry, including The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana, which won the White Pine Poetry Prize and was published by White Pine in 2006. (The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana). His fourth collection, Starlight Taxi, is the winner of the 2012 Blue Lynx Prize for Poetry and is currently availble for purcvhase from Lynx House Press (http://lynxhousepress.org/how-to-order) and from Amazon.com (Starlight Taxi).

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Roy lives in Dubuque, Iowa where he has finished a novel about a forty-something ne'er-do-well Ohioan who hears what he takes to be the voice of God command: Go, start me a dive team.  The book is called Paradise Tire & Service.  (God makes an appearance as a 300-pound mechanic named Thumper who works at a Shell convenience store/gas station in Dayton.)  The storyline follows a bunch of hard-working Ohioans, outliers of mixed race and heritage, falling in and out of love and founding The Church of the Diver in the process. And and and: It turns out that Osama bin Laden is hiding out in the Gem City!  (Where better?)

A chapbook entitled Woman & Alligator: The Florida Poems is out from Pudding House Publications. Here's a portion of Connie Willett Everett's review in Ohioana Quarterly, Winter 2007: The Florida Poemsstrace Bentley's transplantation south, moving to accommodate his wife's new job.  Florida may be familiar, even desirable, vacation land for Northerners, but living there is another matter.   ...Ohio has its abolitionist past, and Florida has, well, something else.  ...His avid readers will want to grab this book for their collections.  New readers will discover Bentley at his best."trace Bentley's transplantation south, moving to accommodate his wife's new job.  Florida may be familiar, even desirable, vacation land for Northerners, but living there is another matter.   ...Ohio has its abolitionist past, and Florida has, well, something else.  ...His avid readers will want to grab this book for their collections.  New readers will discover Bentley at his best."

Here's a video, courtesy of YouTube, of a poem about beginning to write and share what you write: Why Mark Chapman Got Both Legs of His Good Pants Wet

For more information, about this or other books, my email address is: bentley.roybentley@gmail.comThe Idiot's Guide to the Afterlife, a chapbook, is available. Email me an address. The cost is $10 (postage and a mailer and handling included. Checks payable, please, to Roy Bentley...)

Books: The Trouble with a Short Horse in Montana (White Pine Press, 2006), Any One Man (Bottom Dog Books, 1992) and Boy in a Boat (University of Alabama Press, 1986)

Chapbooks:  The Idiot's Guide to the Afterlife (Pudding House Publications, 2010), Funerals in the South (Pudding House Publications, 2008), Woman & Alligator (Pudding House Publications, 2007), Strange Privacies (Southeast Missouri State University Press, 2006), Bentley Hotel (Pudding House Publications 2005), Greatest Hits: 1980-2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002), Reparation (Pudding House Publications, 2001), The Edge of Heaven (Bottom Dog Press, 1988) and The Way into Town (Signpost Press, 1984) 

Journals:  North American Review, the Ohio Review, American Literary Review, the Southern Review, Shenandoah, MARGIE, The Cortland Review, The Journal, Drunken Boat, the Florida Review, Indiana Review, Laurel Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, the Evening Street Review, Sou'wester, Cold Mountain Review and others.

Here are two poems from the audio CD, 16 Poems: "The Wreck of the Barbie Ferrari" and "Strange Privacies"... which is no longer available for sale.

Click here to watch another video from my YouTube site: Tunnel of Love