Greg Wrenn


Wrenn’s first book of poems, Centaur, was selected by Terrance Hayes for the 2013 Brittingham Prize.

Born and raised in northeast Florida, Wrenn is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow and a recipient of awards and scholarships from the Poetry Society of America and the Bread Loaf Writers‘ Conference.  His poems and essays have appeared in The Best American Poetry 2014, New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. A graduate of Harvard University and Washington University in St. Louis, he is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Author Photo by Pak Han

All other photographs by Greg Wrenn

Centaur’s Cover Design: Matt Roeser


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“Water is appropriately the last word in a book as paradoxically elusive and clear as the humid air between lovers, the ‘murky stream,’ the ‘flooded meadow,’ ‘the clear winter sea.’  The magic here, like the best magic, transforms with each encounter. Fluid, tempered, atmospheric: Centaur is a beautiful, encompassing debut.”

—Terrance Hayes, Brittingham Prize judge and National Book Award winner