Paul Otremba is the author of two poetry collections, The Currency (Four Way Books 2009) and the forthcoming Pax Americana (Four Way Books). Born and raised in Minnesota, Paul studied English and Philosophy at the University of Minnesota before receiving his MFA from the University of Maryland and a PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Houston.
Paul has published widely in journals, both print and online, including The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Literary Imagination, Forklift, Witness, and multiple appearances on Poetry Daily. In honor of his poetry, he has received scholarships and a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a Barthelme Memorial Fellowship, a Krakow Poetry Seminar Fellowship, and a prize from the Academy of American Poets.
His essays, poetry reviews, and food writing have appeared in Tikkun, The Houston Chronicle, Spoon Magazine, and in the anthology American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics. He has worked as a reader and editor for literary journals for many years, and he has taught poetry, literature, and composition classes at several institutions, including a culinary institute and a pre-law program. Most recently, Paul serves as a Lecturer of Poetry at Rice University.
Contact: protremba [@] gmail.com