About Briony

Briony Gylgayton holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (2013) and a BA in English from the University of California in Davis (2010). She was born in Lafayette, California in 1988 and grew up in the East Bay. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including LIT, CutBank, Ozone Park JournalInscapePoecology, Swamp, Paper Darts, as well as the anthologies Heartscapes and Entering. She has been the recipient of the Prairie Lights Poetry Prize, the Elliot Gilbert Memorial Prize for Best Creative Work, the Ina Coolbrith Memorial Poetry Prize (second), the Pamela Maus Contest in Creative Writing for both fiction and poetry (second), and the Diana Lynn Bogart Prize for fiction. She has performed her poetry in multiple venues, including TALK ART at The Mill, Strange Cage at The Englert Theater, ANTHOLOGY at Prairie Lights, Poetry Night at The John Natsoulas Gallery, The Other Voice, The Sacramento Poetry Center Reading Series, and has been featured on “The Poetry and Technology Hour” KDVS 90.3. She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Iowa, worked as the head of public relations for the twice-monthly Davis Poetry Night Reading Series, and was the Senior Poetry Editor for UC Davis’s official literary magazine, Nameless Magazine. She now lives in Iowa City.