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July Westhale is a poet and essayist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award),  The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her poems are published in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies.

A small town California native, her work deals primarily with broken landscapes, and the intersections between personal narrative and collective consciousness. She writes extensively about class and trauma, in both her poetry and her prose.

Her nonfiction has appeared in the Huffington Post, Autostraddle, and The Establishment, and has been nominated for Best American Essays. She is indebted to the Vermont Studio Center, the Tom and Evelyn Newbury Grant, the Raveel Grant, Dickinson House, Sewanee, and the Lambda Literary Foundation for their generous support of her work.

She is currently at work on a second children’s book about coping with difficult political landscapes, and a graphic novel about queer femme friendships.

When she’s not writing, she teaches Creative Writing, History, and English at Cogswell College. In addition, she works in reproductive health as an educator and patient advocate.

She has an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University.