New England Review

Read Kirk’s hybrid work "Scenarium" as an Online Exclusive at

New England Review

New England Review
New England Review editor Carolyn Kuebler calls Kirk’s story "Banquo’s Ghost" "an astonishing piece of writing."

The Florida Review

The Florida Review
Read Kirk's Editor's Award-winning essay "Skin the Bunny" in the 2020 issue of the Florida Review.

The Idaho Review

The Idaho Review
In Kirk's story "The Apocalypse, with Breath Mints," an inventor of insecticides encounters God in a convenience store. What could go wrong? Find out in the 2020 issue of the Idaho Review.

This Side of the Divide

This Side of the Divide
This 2019 anthology includes one of Kirk's stories, along with work by Tobias Wolff, Chanelle Benz, Nona Caspers, and an introduction by Claire Vaye Watkins.


Fall 2017
>>Order Issue 92 online

River Teeth

River Teeth
Spring 2013
>>Order Issue 14.2 online


Fall 2012
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Spring 2012
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The New Guard

The New Guard Literary Review 2011
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True Crime Classic

True Crime Classic:
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2011 Anthology

2011 Anthology:
The Wordstock Ten

SONGBOX by Kirk Wilson

Winner of the Trio Award

SONGBOX is the testament of a mature poet confronting the dissolution of American assumptions, the precarious nature of identity, and the alchemical strangeness of experience. In the words of the Swedish poet Malina Mörling, the "profound and affecting poems…speak to us in an effortless and immediate syntax." In charged language, the poems dance with time and commune with love, memory, family, and loss. As the beloved poet Naomi Shihab Nye has written, "these are poems to return to again and again."

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What people say:

“The poems in Kirk Wilson’s SONGBOX speak to us in an effortless and immediate syntax—almost as if they, as we read them, are still occurring in his mind. It’s as if the unforeseen movements of his thoughts perform a slight of hand and I don’t know how he does it—all I know is, these are profound and affecting poems, inevitably threaded with subtle yet imaginative discoveries.”

“It’s as if Kirk Wilson has a direct line through the consciousness – his SONGBOX images rise up from some deep well of poetry intuition, ringing and reverberating through strange days with rare clarity. The poems, exquisitely gentle, bear forceful insight, refreshing candor. “I continue to observe/on your behalf/the passing days” suddenly strikes me as the most comforting thing anyone has said in at least a year. Yes, please. Yes, please do that. These are poems to return to again and again.”

“Where there’s stillness in this book, it reflects a steady restlessness, a mirror that “speaks of process watching process / of uncelebrated miracles like quartz becoming sand.” Wilson’s fundamental words become a light source casting shape and texture on a moment, noting surfaces above a depth vast enough to overwhelm without this key. The motion here is torsion—the key’s path in its lock. SONGBOX shows that it’s the path rather than the click that unlocks the box that song’s kept in, and only sings by opening.”

Copyright © 2022 Kirk Wilson

What's New:

Conjunctions has published Kirk’s hybrid work “Scenarium” as an Online Exclusive at “Scenarium” re-imagines moments in the life and times of confidential informants Robert Walser, Sir Francis Drake, The Duke of Bourbon, Buddha, Joseph Stalin, and Cabeza de Vaca

The Academy of American Poets featured Kirk’s poem “Gifts” in their Poem-a-Day series during National Poetry Month (April, 2022).

Kirk reads poems from SONGBOX at

Kirk’s short story collection OUT OF SEASON is the winner of the 2021 Elixir Press Fiction Award. The collection will be published in late 2022 or early 2023.

Kirk’s poetry collection SONGBOX is now available through your favorite bookstore…or through an order via the links on this page.

Read excerpts from SONGBOX in the September/October print issue of The Texas Observer, and online in The Banyan Review.

In "Banquo's Ghost," a literary critic's life is interrupted by visits from the child-sized ghost of her ex-husband, in a story written by the fabulist who is the subject of her studies. Check it out in the September, 2020 issue of New England Review.

Kirk’s essay “Skin the Bunny” is the winner of The Florida Review Editors’ Award in Creative Nonfiction. The essay is published in the journal's 2020 issue. Earlier, the essay was a finalist for the Wabash Prize in Nonfiction.

Read Kirk's story “The Apocalypse, with Breath Mints” in the 2020 issue (#18) of The Idaho Review. Previously, “Apocalypse” was shortlisted for the Bridport Short Story Prize, an international competition based in the UK.

Kirk’s poem “Chanson d’Amour” is published in Mudfish 21 as a finalist for the Mudfish Poetry Prize.

Kirk's story “The Goat's Eye” was selected for This Side of the Divide, an anthology released in February, 2019 by Baobab Press.

Two of Kirk's poems were selected for The 64 Best Poets of 2018, from Black Mountain Press.

Two of Kirk's poems will be published in the May, 2019 issue of The Woven Tale

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded Kirk a Creative Writing Fellowship for 2018.

Kirk’s memoir/essay “Secrets of Kirby Hall” has been published in the Fall 2017 issue of Crazyhorse, as a finalist for the Crazyhorse Nonfiction Prize.

Kirk is the winner of the New Millennium Award for Non-Fiction. Read the winning story here.

A longer version of the winning story was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and published in the Spring 2013 issue of River Teeth.

Kirk's poem "Deus ex Machina" was published in the Fall 2012 issue of Confrontation.

Kirk's short story "The Goat's Eye" was published in the Spring, 2012 issue of Meridian.

As a finalist in the Machigonne Fiction Contest, "The Story You've Never Heard About Lattorial" was published in the 2011 edition of The New Guard.

As a finalist for the 2011 Wordstock Short Fiction Competition, Kirk's short story "The Heart of Things" was included in the anthology "The Wordstock Ten," published by the Wordstock Festival. Read the story here.

Kirk's short story "The Coldest Day" was published in the April/May 2012 issue of Midway Journal. Read it here.

Kirk's poem "Naming Andromeda" was published in the March 2012 issue of Folly. Read the poem here.

Kirk's poem "The Periodic Table" was published in the Fall, 2012 edition of Soundings East.

Eleven of Kirk's poems were featured in the 2012 edition of The Langdon Review.

Kirk's poem "Rules for Objects" will be published in the 2013 volume of Eclipse.