Keith Kopka is the recipient of the 2019 Tampa Review Prize for his debut collection of poems, Count Four (University of Tampa Press, 2020). His poetry and criticism have recently appeared in Best New Poets, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Berfrois, Ninth Letter, the International Journal of the Book, and many others. He is also the author of the critical text, Asking a Shadow to Dance: An Introduction to the Practice of Poetry (GRL 2018) and the recipient of the 2017 International Award for Excellence from the Books, Publishing & Libraries Research Network. Kopka is the Director of Operations for Writers Resist and a Senior Editor at Narrative Magazine. Born and Raised in Providence, Rhode Island, Keith spent many years playing in and touring with punk and hardcore bands all over the country. He’s currently an Assistant Professor at Holy Family University in Philadelphia.
"Count Four, moves with extraordinary precision, a hard won and bloodied humor, and a penetrating quality of mind that never insults the reader with cheap epiphanies."
—ERIN BELIEU, AUTHOR OF COME HITHER HONEYCOMB
“Each poem is a perfectly fitful shrine erected to an imperfect beloved”
—JENNIFER L. KNOX, AUTHOR OF CRUSHING IT
“Count Four is a sonic revelation. The collection is vibrating and dynamic”
—ADRIAN MATEJKA, NATIONAL BOOK AWARD AND PULITZER PRIZE