Gabrielle Bates is a writer and visual artist originally from Birmingham, Alabama. Judas Goat (Tin House, 2023), a collection of poems, is her first book.
Bates's work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Ploughshares, American Poetry Review, the Best of the Net anthology, and BAX: Best American Experimental Writing, among other journals and anthologies, and her poetry comics have been featured internationally in a variety of exhibitions and conferences. Her debut collection, Judas Goat, was named Electric Lit's best poetry collection of 2023 and one of NPR's Best Books of 2023, and it has received praise from the New York Times, Chicago Review of Books, Vulture, Autostraddle, The Millions, Garden & Gun, Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere.
Formerly the managing editor of the Seattle Review and a contributing editor for Poetry Northwest, Gabrielle currently serves as the Social Media Manager of Open Books: A Poem Emporium, visiting faculty for the Tin House Writers' Workshops, and a University of Washington teaching fellow. With Luther Hughes and Dujie Tahat, she co-hosts the podcast The Poet Salon, where poets talk over drinks.
For their support, financial and otherwise, she is grateful to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Artist Trust, Hugo House, Mineral School, Poetry Foundation, Auburn University, and the University of Washington.
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The Poet Salon is a podcast where poets talk over drinks. In each episode, we interview a poet we love and try to answer some of the pressing questions we have about the mechanics and considerations of poetry today. Your hosts are Gabrielle Bates, Luther Hughes, and Dujie Tahat.
Episodes drop once a week, every Monday, while supplies last!
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"In confession, in illumination, Bates establishes herself as an unflinching witness to the risks that desire necessitates, as Judas Goat holds readers close and whispers its unforgettable lines..."