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Indiana Authors Awards Honoree

Callista Buchen

Callista Buchen

2020 Poetry Shortlist

Callista Buchen’s debut full-length poetry collection, Look Look Look, was published by Black Lawrence Press in October of 2019. She is also the author of the chapbooks The Bloody Planet (Black Lawrence Press, 2015) and Double-Mouthed (dancing girl press, 2016). Her poetry, prose, interviews, and reviews appear in literary journals including Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, Fourteen HillsPoetry Daily, and others, while her collaborative writing with the poet Amy Ash appears in BOAAT, Poetry South, and Tahoma Literary Review.   

A frequent presenter and workshop facilitator, she is the 2019 winner of the C.D. Wright Conference’s Nan Snow Emerging Writer Award, as well as a Creative Arts Renewal Fellowship from the Arts Council of Indianapolis. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, an M.F.A from Bowling Green State University, and an M.A. from the University of Oregon. She teaches at Franklin College, where she directs the creative writing program and the Carlson-Stauffer visiting writers’ reading series. Find her online at and @CallistaBuchen

See the entire poetry shortlist or learn more about the 2020 Awards.