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Tess Gallagher
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Port Angeles, Washington, USA
Port Angeles, Washington, USA
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Author Biography: Tess Gallagher, a poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright, was born in 1943 in Port Angeles, Washington. She received a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts from the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Iowa.

Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment of the Arts Awards, the Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation Award, and the Elliston Award for "best book of poetry published by a small press" for the collection, Instructions to the Double (1976).

Gallagher has taught at St. Lawrence University; Kirkland College; University of Montana, Missoula; University of Arizona, Tucson; Syracuse University; and Willamette University. Her poetry collections include My Black Horse: New and Selected Poems (1995), Owl-Spirit Dwelling (1994) and Moon Crossing Bridge (1992). In 1986 she published her first short story collection, The Lover of Horses and Other Stories, and a second collection of stories, At the Owl Woman Saloon was published in 1997.

Tess Gallagher lives in Port Angeles, Washington.

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