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Avery Moselle Guess is a recipient of 2015 NEA Fellowship for Poetry, grants from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and residencies from the Albee Foundation and the Ragdale Foundation.


Avery lives in Louisville, Kentucky, and works full-time as the Grant Program Manager for the Kentucky Foundation for Women. She is a PhD student in creative writing, poetry, at University of South Dakota.


Her chapbook, The Patient Admits, is out from dancing girl press, and her first full-length collection of poetry, The Truth Is, was published in April 2019 by Black Lawrence Press.

Avery M. Guess standing against a brick wall.

Image description: A heavyset white woman with short, spiked red hair is leaning against a brick wall and smiling. She is wearing a striped wrap dress in black, white, yellow, and red. Her right hand is on her waist and her left hand is at her side. She is standing on her left leg. Her right leg is bent and hidden behind the dress.

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