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David Salner

David Salner


Artist Work

Blue Morning Light

Artist Information

Frederick County
Artistic Category

Literary Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)

Artist Bio

David Salner's poetry has appeared in Threepenny Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, North American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, and many other magazines. His third book, Blue Morning Light, was printed in January 2016 by Pond Road Press and features poems on the paintings of American artist George Bellows.

Salner's earlier poetry collections are Working Here (Rooster Hill Press, 2010) and John Henry's Partner Speaks (Word Tech, 2008).

In 1917 Salner received his second grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. He has also received grants from the Puffin Foundation and the Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Fund. He won the 2010 Oboh Prize from Boxcar Poetry Review judged by Cecilia Molloch and the 2016 Lascaux Poetry Prize. He has received five Pushcart Prize nominations and one Best of the Net. On three separate occasions, Garrison Keillor has read Salner's work on his NPR show, Writer's Almanac.

Salner has an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. He worked for 25 years at manual trades, as a miner on Northem Minnesota's Iron Range, a steelworker, and a laborer.

A chapter from Salner's novel, Risk, appeared in the 2016 december magazine. This novel tells the story of a fugitive from Montana who ends up working on the Holland Tunnel---of his hardships, his friends, and his one true love---in the New York City of the 1920s. Other prose pieces have appeared in Lascaux Review 2014 Prize Edition, Cottornwood, Green Lantern Review, and his blogs have appeared in North American Review, Potomac Review, and Fourth River.

Salner lives in Frederick MD with his wife Barbara Greenway, a high School English teacher, and close to Lily and Paul Bisson, their daughter and son-in-law.