The Wingback Chair is the third of Colby's books published by FutureCycle Press; Dead Horses (2012) was the first. The collection, Joan Colby: Selected Poems, won the 2013 FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize in juried competition, and Colby subsequently has served as guest judge for the 2014 prize. The press invited her to join its acquisitions team as Associate Poetry Editor this spring.
Joan Colby's other recent books, published just this year, are Properties of Matter (Aldrich Press) and the chapbook Bittersweet (Main Street Rag Press). A prolific poet, Colby has published widely in journals such as Poetry, Atlanta Review, South Dakota Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, New York Quarterly, new renaissance, Grand Street, Epoch, and Prairie Schooner. Awards include two Illinois Arts Council Literary Awards, a Rhino Poetry Award, the new renaissance Award for Poetry, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature.
In addition to her FutureCycle Poetry Book Prize win, Colby was a finalist in the 2007 GSU Poetry Contest and the Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Prize competitions of 2009 and 2012. She also received honorable mentions in the North American Review's James Hearst Poetry Contest (2008, 2010). She recently retired as the editor of Illinois Racing News and is now an editor for Kentucky Review. Colby lives on a small horse farm in Northern Illinois with her husband and assorted animals.
All of Colby's books published by FutureCycle Press are available from the Catalog tab at http://www.futurecycle.org, in both print-on-demand and Kindle editions, and on Amazon. For excerpts from The Wingback Chair, visit http://www.goodreads.com/