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Born in Decatur, Illinois in 1941, Gary Blankenburg is the founding editor of Electric Press and a founding editor of The Maryland Poetry Review. He was also the founder and host of the Function at the Junction Poetry Series and editor of its annual anthology for its first four years. He is the author of six books of poetry: Fish & Flowers (Byron Press), A Comic History of My Pain (Electric Press), Adventures of Mr. Electric (Tropos Press), The Illustrated Zen Poet (Lite-Circle Books), The Heartland (Dolphin-Moon Press), and At The Edge Of Beauty (Dolphin-Moon Press). His poems have appeared widely in many little magazines such as The Wormwood Review, Atom Mind, Poetry Motel, Bogg, The Pearl, Impetus, The Plastic Tower, Pudding, The Cathartic, The Penny Dreadful, Piddiddle, The Salmon, and Puerto del Sol. His poems have also been anthologized in Best of the Underground, Baltimore Renaissance, Essential Love, Thy Mother's Glass, Bare Bones & By-Lines, Poetry at the Angel, and Poetry Baltimore. A longtime student of "confessional" poetry, Dr. Blankenburg has written extensively on the poetry of Robert Lowell, John Berryman, W. D. Snodgrass, Sylvia Plath, and Anne Sexton. An English teacher for 39 years and a Maryland resident for 37, he lives in Sparks with his wife Jo and their two black dogs.
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