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A poet and concert pianist currently living in Boston, Oni Buchanan is the author of Must a Violence, selected by Mark Levine for publication in the Kuhl House Poets Series, and forthcoming in September 2012. Her previous book, Spring, was a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards. Spring was selected by Mark Doty for the 2007 National Poetry Series, and published by the University of Illinois Press in October 2008. The book includes a Flash-animation CD of her large-scale kinetic poem, "The Mandrake Vehicles," also selected for inclusion in the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2 (ELC2) and on permanent display at the Conduit website. Extending her digital and multimedia interests, Oni is currently at work on a large-scale interactive poem videogame, on which she is collaborating with composer and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, and which has received sponsorship and support from the LEF Foundation as well as the Electronic Literature Organization.
Oni's first poetry book, What Animal, was selected by Fanny Howe as a winner of the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series competition and published in 2003. Oni's poems have been selected for numerous anthologies including The Best American Poetry 2004 and Legitimate Dangers: American Poets of the New Century, and have been published in many print and online literary journals, appearing most recently in the New Orleans Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Augury Books, H_NGM_N, and The Laurel Review
Among her recent honors, Oni received the Stanley P. Young Fellowship in Poetry from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference in 2006, and was one of the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets of 2005.
She holds a B.A. in English and music from the University of Virginia, an M.F.A. in poetry
from the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and a Master's degree in piano performance from the New
England Conservatory of Music. As a concert pianist, she has released three solo piano
CDs, and actively performs across the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Boston with her husband, the poet Jon Woodward.
Oni Buchanan's third poetry book, Must a Violence, is forthcoming from the Kuhl House Poets Series in September 2012, selected by Mark Levine. Her previous books include Spring, a Poetry Honors winner of the 2009 Massachusetts Book Awards and selected by Mark Doty for the 2007 National Poetry Series, and What Animal, selected by Fanny Howe for the University of Georgia Press Contemporary Poetry Series.
Oni is also a concert pianist, has released three solo piano CDs, and actively performs across the U.S. and abroad. She lives in Boston with her husband, the poet Jon Woodward.