(image: Samuel Ace)

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samuel ace


Samuel Ace (formerly Linda Smukler) is a trans and genderqueer author of three collections of poetry: Normal Sex, Home in three days. Don’t wash., and most recently Stealth, with poet Maureen Seaton. He is also a visual artist and is the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts grant, a two-time finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and the National Poetry Series, winner of the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund Prize in Poetry, The Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction, and the Firecracker Alternative Book Award in Poetry. His work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in or is forthcoming from Poetry, Aufgabe, Fence, The Atlas Review, Black Clock, Mandorla, Versal, The Collagist, Posit, Vinyl, Troubling the Line: Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics, Best American Experimental Poetry 2016, and many other publications

Ace’s first two books will be republished by the Belladonna* Cooperative in 2018, and a new book of poems, Our Weather Our Sea, is forthcoming from Black Radish Books in early 2019. Having lived and worked Tucson for almost 20 years, he is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Creative Writing at Mount Holyoke College.