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Winner of the inaugural 2016 New Georgia Literary Achievement Award (now the Blackwell Prize in Writing), B.H. Fairchild has gained renown for the marriage of high and low culture and art in his poetry. His work evokes beauty within the barren landscapes of the midwestern region of his birth and in the lives and memories of its working-class people. Fairchild is the author of several acclaimed books of poetry, including The Art of the LatheEarly Occult Memory Systems of the Lower MidwestLocal KnowledgeUsher: Poems, and most recently, The Blue Buick, and has received numerous honors and awards for his work. He has earned fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation and is the recipient of the William Carlos Williams Award, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the Aiken Taylor Award, the Arthur Rense Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the PEN Center USA West Poetry Award, among others.