Edgar Kunz

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Born (1988-09-04) September 4, 1988 (age 34)
Framingham, Massachusetts
EducationGoucher College
Vanderbilt University
Stanford University
Notable worksFixer
Tap Out

Edgar Kunz is an American poet. His debut collection, Tap Out, published by Mariner Books in 2019, was selected by The New York Times as a "New & Noteworthy" book[1] [2]. His second collection, Fixer, will be published by Ecco Press in 2023[3].

Kunz's Tap Out received a starred review from Publishers Weekly[4], and has also been reviewed by BookPage[5], The Millions[6], and The Washington Post[7].

Personal life

Kunz was born in Framingham, Massachusetts and grew up partly in Manchester, Connecticut[8]. His father, who features prominently in his writing, was a laborer who worked as a chimney sweep and handyman [9].


Kunz studied creative writing as an undergraduate at Manchester Community College[10] and Goucher College[11]. He received an MFA in poetry from Vanderbilt University[12].

His poems have appeared in many journals and magazines including The New Yorker[13], The Atlantic[14], Poetry (magazine)[15], and The American Poetry Review[16].

He has been profiled and interviewed by many literary journals, including BookPage[17], Sewanee Review[18], and The Adroit Journal[19].

Kunz lives in Baltimore, Maryland and teaches creative writing at Goucher College[20][21]


  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
  • Maryland State Arts Council Independent Artist Award
  • MacDowell Fellowship
  • Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University


  • Fixer, Ecco Press, 2023
  • Tap Out, Mariner Books, 2019


  1. "Tap Out". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  2. "New & Noteworthy". New York Times. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  3. "Fixer". HarperCollins. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  4. "Tap Out". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  5. "Tap Out". BookPage. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  6. "Must Read Poetry 2019". The Millions. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  7. "A Portrait of American in Three Gritty Candid and Imaginative Collections". TheWashingtonPost. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  8. "This Drifty Stage of Life". Harpur Palate. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  9. ""Writing Poetry to Find a Father Worth Grieving". Literary Hub. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  10. "MCC Alumnus Edgar Kunz Returning to Read as Professional poet". Manchester Community College. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  11. "Goucher Announces Seven Ongoing Faculty Appointments". Goucher College. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  12. "MFA Graduate Named NEA Creative Writing Fellow". Vanderbilt University. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  13. "Piano". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  14. "Museum". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  15. "from "Fixer"". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  16. "Shoulder Season". American Poetry Review. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  17. "Edgar Kunz: The Life a Body Shows". BookPage. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  18. "Sewanee Review Podcast". The Sewanee Review. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  19. "Conversations with Contributors: Edgar Kunz". The Adroit Journal. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  20. "Conversations with Contributors: Edgar Kunz". The Adroit Journal. Retrieved 2023-01-19.
  21. "Goucher Faculty Profile: Edgar Kunz". Goucher College.

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