Amorak Huey is a poet and professor, a writer and sometime journalist, a decent dad and a mediocre slow-pitch softball player. He pronounces his first name uh-MOR-ack.
Amorak was born in Kalamazoo, Mich., and grew up in a small town outside Birmingham, Ala. After nearly 15 years as a reporter and editor, he left the newspaper business in 2008. He is now an associate professor of writing at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
Amorak holds a B.A. in English from Birmingham-Southern College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Western Michigan University. He is author of three poetry collections: Boom Box (Sundress Publications, 2019); Seducing the Asparagus Queen (Cloudbank Books, 2018), winner of the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize; and Ha Ha Ha Thump (Sundress Publications, 2015), as well as as two poetry chapbooks: The Insomniac Circus (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2014) and A Map of the Farm Three Miles from the End of Happy Hollow Road (Porkbelly Press, 2016).
He is co-author, with W. Todd Kaneko, of the textbook Poetry: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology, published by Bloomsbury Academic in January 2018.
He is writing a novel, currently titled City of Rocks., a work of historical fiction set in Grand Rapids, Mich.
His poems appear in anthologies such as The Best American Poetry 2012; The Poetry of Sex; Poetry in Michigan, Michigan in Poetry; and Poet’s Market 2014, as well as numerous print and online journals such as The Southern Review, The Cincinnati Review, The Collagist, Menacing Hedge, Oxford American, Poet Lore, Ninth Letter, Crab Orchard Review, and others. He received a Fellowship in Creative Writing from the National Endowment for the Arts in 2017.
During his newspaper career, Amorak worked in a variety of editing and reporting roles for the Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat; the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky.; The News-Enterprise of Hardin County, Ky.; the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader; and The Grand Rapids (Mich.) Press, where he was assistant sports editor.