Biography

Jason Poudrier has authored two collections of poetry: Red Fields, published by Mongrel Empire Press in 2012, and a chapbook, In the Rubble at Our Feet, published by Rose Rock Press in 2011. In 2013, Red Fields was awarded the Eric Hoffer Montaigne Medal and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize, as well as being awarded an honorable mention in the Eric Hoffer Award’s poetry category. He is a veteran workshop leader, leading two creative writing programs in 2016 and 2017 in support of the Oklahoma Art Council and Oklahoma Department of Veteran Affairs’ creative arts program. In 2012 he was invited to host a workshop at Eastern Kentucky University’s Military Experience and the Arts Symposium, and he was selected to be a part of the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library’s Healing Through the Humanities event in Indianapolis, Indiana. His work has been included in several anthologies, including Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me, Remembrances of Wars Past: A War Veteran’s Anthology, and Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, Eastern Missouri UP; his work has appeared in numerous literary journals, such as the CT Review, New Mexico Poetry Review, and Sugar Mule. Currently, he resides on a small 20-acre ranch in Rush Springs, Oklahoma, with his wife Chelsey and two children.  He completed his MFA in Creative Writing with an emphases in fiction with the Red Earth MFA at Oklahoma City University. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and Master’s in Education at Cameron University in 2009. Jason has also been invited to read for repeat performances at East Central University’s annual Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, in Ada, OK and at Oklahoma LaborFest. An earlier version of Red Fields was a semi-finalist in the Blue Lynx Prize competition (Lynx House Press); the poem “High Stakes” was awarded Cameron University’s John G. Morris Poetry Prize in 2008. Jason has lived in Oklahoma since joining the Army and being stationed at Fort Sill in 2001. In 2003, he was deployed to Iraq, wounded in action, and awarded the Purple Heart. After recovering from his physical wounds, Jason was a member of the Fort Sill Army 10-miler team and was nominated for USO Soldier of the Year; he also competed and was selected twice as 2-14 FA Brigade’s NCO of the Quarter. Poudrier advanced to the rank of sergeant before he was honorably discharged.