Aaron Graham

Aaron Graham hails from Glenrock, Wyoming, population 1159, which boasts seven bars, six churches, a single 4-way stop sign and no stoplights. He served as the assistant editor for the Squaw Valley Review, is an alumnus of Squaw Valley Writers Workshop and The Ashbury Home School (Hudson), and was recently the "Cecilia Baker Memorial Visiting Scholar" for the 2016 Seaside Writer's Conference. Aaron is a veteran of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq where he served with The Marine Corps' Human Intelligence and Counterterrorism Task Force Middle East as an analyst and linguist. His work has appeared in Cleaver Magazine, Print Oriented Bastards, SAND, The Tishman Review, Rising Phoenix, The East Bay Review, Zero-Dark-Thirty and f(r)iction, His poems have been Finalists in the Tishman Review's 2015 Poetry Contest, Tethered by Letters' 2016 Poetry Contest, Sequestrum's New Writer Awards, and was a national finalist for The Luminaire Award. His chapbook "Skyping from a Combat Zone" was Shortlisted for Tupelo Press’s 2016 Sunken Garden Prize. His first full-length collection, “Blood Stripes”, was a finalist for Tupelo's 2015 Berkshire Poetry Prize, his poem, "Olfaction", won the Seven Hills Literary Journal's Penumbra Poetry Prize, and "PTSD Poem #12" has been nominated as "The Best of the Net". Aaron is currently ABD for his PhD at Emory University and serves as a Lecturer of English at Kennesaw State University.