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poet . critic . consultant


a grimoire
Wesleyan University Press
(March 2023)

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Trevor Ketner is the author of The Wild Hunt Divinations: A Grimoire (Wesleyan University Press, 2023) and [WHITE] (University of Georgia Press, 2021; Broken Sleep Books (UK) 2022) selected as a winner of the National Poetry Series by Forrest Gander. Their chapbooks include 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 published in Poetry, The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day, Poetry Daily, Brooklyn Rail, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Annulet, Changes, Diagram, Foglifter, and elsewhere. Their essays, reviews, and interviews can be found in American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Boston Review, and Lambda Literary. A 2024 MacDowell Fellow, they have been a Lambda Literary Fellow, a Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow, an Emerge-Surface-Be Fellow for The Poetry Project (selected by Wayne Koestenbaum), and a Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts Fellow. They hold an MFA from the University of Minnesota and live in Manhattan with their husband.

My Books

The Wild Hunt Divinations


My Books

White Combine: A Portrait of Robert Rauschenberg

Major Arcana: Minneapolis

Negative of a Photo
of Fire

Recent publications




The Wild Hunt Divinations: A Grimoire (Wesleyan University Press, 2023)

[WHITE] (University of Georgia Press, 2021; Broken Sleep Books (UK), 2022)



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)





Two sonnets from The Wild Hunt Divinations POETRY

"11 — Justice ." — Poetry Daily

Two sonnets from The Wild Hunt DivinationsChanges Review
Two sonnets from The Wild Hunt Divinations The Recluse (from The Poetry Project)
"Sonnet 58" — Pigeon Pages
“[Thine Eyes I love, and they, as pitying me]” —
The Puritan
Five sonnets from The Wild Hunt DivinationsSporklet

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

Five sonnets — Brooklyn Rail

Three centos — DIAGRAM

“Nakedness and Fern Cento”Guesthouse

Four centosJet 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



Print Only


Two sonnets from The Wild Hunt Divinations Bennington Review 

Three sonnets from The Wild Hunt Divinations 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




Reviews and Criticism


"Mixing Up My Poetry Practice to Beat Writer’s Block"Poets & Writers

"Freedom From Genre as Freedom to Write"— Poets & Writers

"Revise Like a Painter"— Poets & Writers

"Setting the Table for Your Reader"— Poets & Writers

"A Distant Center— Library Journal

"Saudade— Library Journal

"The Undressing— Library Journal

"One Turn Around the Sun— Booklist

"On A Symmetry by Ari Banias“ On the Seawall

"Camp Marmalade by Wayne Koestenbaum” — Lambda Literary

Half-light by Frank Bidart”Lambda Literary

A Little History of Whatever (5-part series) University of Arizona Poetry Center Blog

“‘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)


"If you aren't your own favorite poet then what are you doing? An Interview with A Light Zachary — American Poetry Review 
"Conversations with Contributors: Trevor Ketner" with Halee Kirkwood The Adroit Journal 

“A Conversation About Poetry and Tarot” with Airea D. Matthews and Hoa NguyenCatapult

Editorial Consulting

Writing Consultation

  • I can consult on many genres including:

    • Fiction (novels, short stories, etc.)​

    • Nonfiction (memoirs, essays, etc.)

    • Poetry (individual poems, packets, and collections)

    • Books for young readers (middle grade and YA especially though also picture books)

  • Developmental edits

  • Line edits

  • Structural feedback on book-length projects and stand-alone pieces

  • Live discussion of work via video conference 

Publishing Consultation

  • I worked many years in literary publishing for presses and magazines including:

    • Graywolf Press

    • Catapult

    • Slice Magazine

    • Poetry Magazine

  • As a literary agent, I sold books to Abrams, Algonquin, and Lerner in my first year.

  • I can help you with:

    • Feedback on a submission 

    • Position work for agents (Yes, I can even help you draft a query letter!)

Creative Professional Coaching

As someone who has always worked full-time (and often more than full-time) and published consistently while doing so, I can advise you on ways to balance your creative life and your professional life, build and understand how to maintain (or create!) a creative practice, or how to leverage your creative impulses in your career. I’ve worked in publishing, tech, and education, in indie and corporate environments. And through it all, I’ve continued writing and would love to talk you through solutions for how you can do the same!

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