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Brief Bio

Forrest Hamer (born 1956) is an American poet, psychologist, and psycho*yst. He is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Rift (Four Way Books, 2007). His first collection, Call & Response, (Alice James Books) won the Beatrice Hawley Award, and his second, Middle Ear (Roundhouse Press), received the Northern California Book Award.

He has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and the California Arts Council, and he has taught at the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshops.

His poetry has been anthologized in Poet's Choice: Poems for Everyday Life, The Geography of Home: California's Poetry of Place, The Ringing Ear: Black Poets Lean South, Blues Poems, Word of Mouth: An Anthology of Gay American Poetry, and three editions of The Best American Poetry; and has appeared in many magazines and literary journals including The American Poetry Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, Callaloo, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, TriQuarterly, and ZYZZYVA. He was educated at Yale University and the University of California - Berkeley.

He lives in Oakland, California, where he is a practicing psychologist, and lectures in psychology at Berkeley (Cal).

Poems - 10 in all

Forrest Hamer

Down by the Riverside
Charlene-n-Booker 4ever
A dull sound, varying now and again

Middle Ear
Getting Happy
13 Suppositions about the Ubiquitous

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