poet . critic . consultant

2020 National Poetry Series Winner

Selected by Forrest Gander
[WHITE] (University of Georgia Press, 2021)

Trevor Ketner is the author of the National Poetry Series-winning collection [WHITE] (UGA Press, 2021), and the chapbooks Negative of a Photo of Fire (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019), White Combine: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg (The Atlas Review, 2019), and Major Arcana: Minneapolis, winner of the Burnside Review Chapbook Contest judged by Diane Seuss. They have been or will be published in The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, Best New Poets, New England Review, Ninth Letter, West Branch, Pleiades, Diagram, Foglifter, and elsewhere. Their essays and reviews can be found in The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, Lambda Literary, and elsewhere. They hold an MFA from the University of Minnesota and have been awarded fellowships from Poets House, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts and Lambda Literary. They live in Manhattan with their husband.

My Books

White Combine: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg

Major Arcana: Minneapolis

Negative of a Photo
of Fire

Recent publications




[WHITE] (University of Georgia Press, 2021)



White Combine: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg (The Atlas Review, 2019)

Negative of a Photo of Fire (Seven Kitchens Press, 2019)

Major Arcana: Minneapolis (Burnside Review Press, 2018)





"Delilah" — Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day

“Door Cento,” “Body Cento,” and “Time Cento”DIAGRAM

“Nakedness and Fern Cento”Guesthouse

“Window Cento,” “Silent Cento,” “Sound Cento,” “Copy Cento”Jet Fuel Review, Cento Folio

“Empty Poem” Tinderbox Poetry 

“Consumption” BOAAT

“A Spell Called Home #29 & #40” Memorious

“Exodus” Lambda Literary Poetry Spotlight

“How We Go on Coveting the Knife”The Adroit Journal

“Aglow” The Offing

“Amputation”Thrush Poetry Journal



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Three Sonnets Foglifter

“Memory of Summer Heat” Washington Square Review 

“Meditations, with an Image Borrowed from Félix González-Torres”New England Review

"[Home is a heart.]"The Stinging Fly (UK)

“Empire” and “Autobiography Not in Drag”West Branch

“A Spell Called Home #26”Ninth Letter

“Gunshot Shards of Tiny Steel Stars” Best New Poets 2015 / Sycamore Review

“Epistle” Pleiades

“Cipher”cream city review

“Barren”The Journal





"Conversations with Contributors: Trevor Ketner" with Halee Kirkwood The Adroit Journal (February 2019)

“A Conversation About Poetry and Tarot” with Airea D. Matthews and Hoa NguyenCatapult (February 2017)




"On A Symmetry by Ari Banias“ On the Seawall

"Camp Marmalade by Wayne Koestenbaum” — Lambda Literary

Half-light by Frank Bidart”Lambda Literary

“‘It is sad is it not’: Mary Ruefle’s My Private Property”The Bind

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities by Chen Chen”Lambda Literary

Feder by Nathanael”Lambda Literary

“Schematic: Renee Gladman’s CalamitiesKenyon Review

Superior Packets by Susie Timmons” (microreview) Boston Review

How to Be Drawn by Terrance Hayes”The Rumpus 




“Something Small and Heavy” The Rumpus (June 2015)

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