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about july westhale

July Westhale is a poet and essayist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of the chapbook The CavalcadeĀ (Finishing Line Press) and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press, 2017) and has poems in Cimarron, burntdistrict, and Quarterly West, among others.

Her essays have appeared in the Huffington Post, Autostraddle, The Establishment, and have been nominated for Best American Essays. She has been awarded grants and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Sewanee, Dickinson House, Tin House and Bread Loaf.

Her nominations include Best New Poets, the Pushcart Prize, and the Best of the Net. She was the finalist for the 2015 Crab Orchard Poetry Series Prize, and the Creative Writing Fulbright. She has an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University.