English alumna publishes second poem in The New Yorker

Published: May 27, 2021

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Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist from Birmingham. After completing her undergrad in English (creative writing) at Auburn University in 2013, she moved to Seattle, Washington, where she studied poetry at the University of Washington and received her MFA in 2016.

Recently, the accomplished poet, writer, podcaster and editor has had a second poem published in The New Yorker. The poem, "In the Dream in Which I Am a Widow," was published on May 24. Her previous poem, "Strawberries," was published in The New Yorker in June 2018.

Currently, Bates is the social media manager of Open Books: A Poem Emporium, she is the co-host of the podcast The Poet Salon and a contributing editor for Bull City Press. She also volunteers as a poetry mentor through the Adroit teen mentorship program and edits poetry manuscripts through the Brooklyn Poets' The Bridge.

As an Auburn student, Bates was the managing editor of The Circle. She also worked as a lead consultant with the Miller Writing Center from 2010 to 2013 and participated in Student Writing Council, Tiger Tuesdays, or REACH, Intramural Volleyball and Live Poets Society.

In her professional career, Bates has received funding and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Princeton Poetry Festival, Artist Trust, Hugo House and the Mineral School Artist Residency and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Washington Square Review, the Mississippi Review, Black Warrior Review, the Best of the Net anthology and elsewhere. She has presented her work at AWP, the Ellensburg Poetry Prowl and the Mount Analogue Summer Arts Series. Manuscripts-in-progress include a poetry collection and a novel. She was also nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016.

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Submitted by: Victoria Santos