Greg Wrenn


Greg Wrenn is the author of  Centaur, which Terrance Hayes selected for the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry.  He is now at work on Reef, a memoir about his time at a remote, pristine coral reef.

A former Wallace Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, Wrenn has received awards and scholarships from the Poetry Society of America and the Bread Loaf Writers‘ Conference.  His poems and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2014, New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis, he is an assistant professor of English at James Madison University.

Photographs by Greg Wrenn

Centaur’s Cover Design: Matt Roeser


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“Water is appropriately the last word in a book as paradoxically elusive and clear as the humid air between lovers, the ‘murky stream,’ the ‘flooded meadow,’ ‘the clear winter sea.’  The magic here, like the best magic, transforms with each encounter. Fluid, tempered, atmospheric: Centaur is a beautiful, encompassing debut.”

—Terrance Hayes, Brittingham Prize judge and National Book Award winner