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Lecturer and Associate Director of Composition and Rhetoric

Katie Schmid is the author of the poetry collection Nowhere (University of New Mexico Press, 2021) and the poetry chapbook forget me / hit me / let me drink great quantities of clear, evil liquor (Split Lip Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in 32 Poems, the Rumpus, and elsewhere. A former Best New Poet and AWP Intro Journals award winner, she lives and writes in Lincoln, Nebraska, where she is a lecturer in English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.

Selected Publications


Nowhere, University of New Mexico Press, 2021


forget me/hit me/let me drink great quantities of clear, evil liquor, Split Lip Press (out of print)

Selected Poetry Publications

“False Starts” and “God-machine” in Under a Warm Green Linden, Issue 9, June 2020

“A Nightmare is a Body and Your Father Gone,” at Third Point Press, Issue 16

“At the Bus Stop” in Redivider 17.1, December 2019

“At their first meeting, my boyfriend asks my father ‘what prison was like,’” in The Southeast Review online, Fall 2019

“The Mary Jar” in Hayden's Ferry Review “Magic” issue, August 2019 (print)

“My Death” in Atticus Review, April 2019

“Death” and “The Boatman” in the Winter 2018 issue of 32 Poems

“Location” won a 2018 Wilbur Gaffney Poetry Prize/Academy of American Poets University & College Poetry Prize for University of Nebraska–Lincoln

“Apple Glory” was a finalist in The American Literary Review's annual contest, Spring 2018

“After the Hospital” published in decomP magazine, Jan/Feb 2018

“Polaroid” and “Loving an Addict” published in issue 4 of Under a Warm Green Linden

“Margot as a Unit of Space,” “All my Boyfriends Love my Father the Best,” and “How they Die” published in Issue 5 of The Spectacle

“The Past,” “The Bird,” and “Margot in the Country of Sleep” in issue 11 of The Mondegreen

“Where I was Born” published in the July 2017 issue of The Wanderer

“GIRLBODY” published in Big Lucks 12, August 2016

“The Horse in the Field” published in Sixth Finch, Spring 2016

“The Spouse” and “Portrait of Womb, Mixed Media” published in Booth, April 2016

“The Glories” published in Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Issue 7, Summer 2015

“Dear X” and “X at dusk, with trees” published in Issue 5 of Sundog Lit, February 2014

“4th of July,” Nowhere,” and “Why They are Hungry” published with audio in July 2013 at Hobart

Series of poems “The Boys of the Midwest 1-5” published with audio in April 2013 (8.04) issue of [PANK] Magazine

“In the Gothic Love Story Where You Have Died” and “The Good Knife” published November 2012 at Hobart

“Daughter Psalms” published in Quarterly West Spring 2012 (Issue 74) as an AWP Intro Journals Award winner for 2011

“Bird/Heart” featured on The Missouri Review Audio Blog as first runner up in the 2011 Audio Competition


“The Part of You That Is Outside of You,” published at 32 Poems

“Why Would Anyone Ever Want to Be a Wife?” published at The Establishment

“Radiant with Terror: Lowell and the Uncertain Country of Love” published at The Rumpus

“The Person Most Powerful: On Teaching and Embodiment” published at Writing on the Edge, Spring 2016 (print)

“The Last Book I Loved: Maggie Nelson's Bluets” published at The Rumpus, June 2014


“Caldera,” in Anti-Heroin Chic, February 2020


“Swimming in the Reservoir”



“‘Con Mis Propias Manos’: Violence & Masculinity in Ángel García's Teeth Never Sleep” at Connotation Press, May 2019

“The Kingdom and Cage of the Self: a review of Theresa Senato Edwards’ Voices Through Skin,” Boxcar Poetry Review

Awards and Honors

Novel manuscript Queen Nothing named a finalist in Black Lawrence Press’s Big Moose Prize, 2020

Finalist in Sundress Publication’s Open Reading period, 2019

Finalist for the Akron Poetry Prize, 2019

Finalist for Press 53’s award for poetry, 2019

Winner of Southern Indiana Review’s Patricia Aarkhus award for poem “Turning 32”

Finalist in Autumn House Press’s Rising Writer contest for poetry manuscript “Fanatic Animal”

Semifinalist in the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry for poetry manuscript “The Hunt”

Winner of Split Lip Press’ Turnbuckle Chapbook Prize, 2014

Past winner of the Santa Fe Writer’s Project Poetry Awards, 2011, for unpublished manuscript Heaven & the Hangover, judge Rose Solari

First Runner Up in the 2011 Missouri Review Audio Competition for “Bird/Heart”

AWP Intro Journals award winner, 2011

Outstanding Master’s Thesis Awardee, 2011, University of Wyoming

Poem “Jobs” selected for Best New Poets 2009

Areas of Interest

Creative writing (poetry)