William O’Daly has published two chapbooks of poems, “The Whale in the Web” and “The Road to Isla Negra,” with Copper Canyon Press and Folded Word Press, respectively. Two more books of poems, “Water Ways” (with prose and photos by JS Graustein) and “Yarrow and Smoke,” are forthcoming from Folded Word in 2017. His translations include eight books of the poetry of Chilean Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda — “Still Another Day,” “The Separate Rose,” “Winter Garden,” “The Sea and the Bells,” “The Yellow Heart,” “The Book of Questions,” “The Hands of Day,” and “World’s End” — published by Copper Canyon. O’Daly, a finalist for the 2006 Quill Award in Poetry, was profiled by Mike Leonard for NBC’s The Today Show. A National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, his poems, translations, essays, and reviews appear widely in journals and anthologies. With co-author Han-ping Chin, O’Daly has completed a historical novel, “This Earthly Life,” based in the Chinese Cultural Revolution, which was awarded as a Finalist in Narrative’s 2009 Fall Story Contest. He has received national and regional honors for literary editing and instructional design.
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