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ACE BOGGESS

Poet and Author

Widely published author and ex-con Ace Boggess shares his sense of connection to the Strange in books of poetry and literary novels, finding laughter in dark places and understanding in the ordinary world.

 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Literary novelist and poet

Ace Boggess is author of the novels States of Mercy and A Song Without a Melody, but is known more for his four books of poetry: I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So, Ultra Deep Field, The Prisoners, and The Beautiful Girl Whose Wish Was Not Fulfilled. His writing, both poetry and prose, has appeared in hundreds of literary journals, including Harvard ReviewNotre Dame Review, The Bellingham Review, Rattle, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly, J Journal, Mid-American Review, and Southern Humanities Review. He received a fellowship for fiction from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison, an experience he writes about with intensity and humor.

 

STATES OF MERCY

Alien Buddha Press, 2019

A literary, existential novel about a young woman's quest for enlightenment through the turmoil at the turn of the millennium and beyond. 

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I HAVE LOST THE ART OF DREAMING IT SO

Unsolicited Press, 2018

In his fourth book of poems, Boggess answers the strangest and most interesting questions he could find.

 

ULTRA DEEP FIELD

Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017

In his third book of poems, Boggess continues the journey he began in The Prisoners, writing about his last year inside, year on parole, and first year of freedom.

 

THE PRISONERS

Brick Road Poetry Press, 2014

In his second book of poems, written entirely during his incarceration, Boggess takes his readers on a journey through a strange and terrible world, sharing his experiences and observations with wit and daring.

 

A SONG WITHOUT A MELODY

Hyperborea Publishing, 2016

A timid young reporter in Pittsburgh covers the local music scene during the 1990s, losing and finding himself along the way.

 

THE BEAUTIFUL GIRL WHOSE WISH WAS NOT FULFILLED

Highwire Press, 2004

Boggess's first book of poems, no longer in print.

 

SOMEWHAT MISUNDERSTOOD

Running Wild Press Novella Anthology Vol. 3, Book 2

Boggess's comedic novella gives a fun, playful jab in the ribs to his adopted home Huntington, West Virginia, in the early 1990s.

 

"A grocer who dreams is offensive to the buyer, because such a grocer is not wholly a grocer."

Jean-Paul Sartre

 

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