Lynne Thompson

Lynne Thompson (Poetry) | Los Angeles, CA

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Lynne Thompson is the author of three chapbooks as well as of the collections Start With a Small Guitar and Beg No Pardon, winner of the Perugia Book Award and the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Award. In 2018, she was awarded Honorable Mention for Cave Canem’s Toi Derricote/Cornelius Eady Chapbook Prize as well as the Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize for her manuscript, Fretwork (2019). Recent work appears or is forthcoming in Poetry, Ecotone, Barrow Street, Pleiades, diode poetry journal, New England Review as well as the anthology Fire and Rain: Ecopoetry of California. Thompson is Reviews & Essays Editor for the journal, Spillway.


Fretwork (Marsh Hawk Press, 2019). Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize. Poetry.
Start with a Small Guitar (What Books Press, 2013). Poetry.

Beg No Pardon (Perugia Press, 2007). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press, & Reviews

Here is a deep ode to blackness, an incantatory chant from a deep well full of mythic missives. Read this book.
—Tony Barnstone

Like the “one good eye” of her “Unworshipped Woman”, this collection delights, “it flash—”
—Natasha Trethewey

Lynne Thompson’s Start With a Small Guitar is a dazzling collection of love poems, wickedly wise and stitched with the darkest nuances of desire.
—David St. John

Fretwork is a masterful take on poetry-as-memoir, an intrepid exploration of a woman’s tough but tenuous root in the world…
—Patricia Smith

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