Atsuro Riley was raised in the South Carolina Lowcountry. He is the author of Heard-Hoard (University of Chicago Press, 2021), winner of the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, a finalist for PEN America’s Voelcker Poetry Award, a Boston Globe Best Book of the Year, and a Bookworm Top Ten Book of the Year. His 2010 book Romey’s Order (University of Chicago Press) received the Whiting Award, the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, The Believer Poetry Award, and the Witter Bynner Award from the Library of Congress.
Riley’s poems have been anthologized in Home: 100 Poems (Yale University Press, 2021); Gracious: Poems from the 21st Century South (Texas Tech University Press, 2020); Poems from Far and Wide (Puncher & Wattmann, 2019); The Mind Has Cliffs of Fall: Poems at the Extremes of Feeling (W. W. Norton, 2019), edited by Robert Pinsky; Vinegar & Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance (University of Georgia Press, 2018), edited by Sandra Beasley; In the Shape of a Human Body I am Visiting the Earth: Poems from Far and Wide (McSweeney’s, 2017); The Oxford Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry, Volume 2, Second Edition (Oxford University Press, 2014); Poems of the American South (Everyman’s Library, 2014); and The Open Door: 100 Poems, 100 Years of Poetry Magazine (University of Chicago Press, 2013) .
Riley’s other honors include Lannan Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wood Prize awarded by Poetry magazine. He is also a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and a winner of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Riley is the editor of Revel, a literary journal. He lives in San Francisco.