Scott Bailey is the author of Thus Spake Gigolo published by New York Quarterly Books. His poems and cotranslations of Latin American Poets have appeared in journals such as "The Adirondack Review," "Chelsea," "The Cortland Review," "Exquisite Corpse," "Indiana Review," "The Journal," "Meridian," "New York Quarterly," "Poetry International," "Prism International," "The Southeast Review" and "Verse Daily," among others. His degrees include a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing from The University of Southern Mississippi, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from New York University, and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing from Florida State University. A former writer-in-residence for the Mississippi Arts Commission and the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, Bailey has taught writing courses at Brown University, New York University, Florida State University, The University of Southern Mississippi and Tougaloo College where he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of English for the Fall 2017-Spring 2018 Academic Year.  A Submissions Screener for the Alice James Award (Alice James Books), he has held editorial appointments at "Arrowhead," "New Laurel Review," "New York Quarterly," "The Southeast Review" and "Washington Square Review." 

 


 

 

 

 

Synopsis 

 

 

Thus Spake Gigolo charts the course of a speaker coming-of-age in rural South Mississippi, a world that is sublime and terrifying, but these poems are not limited to one landscape, region or approach. If this collection has a hero, it is Gigolo who confesses his hand-bitten tale of survival, navigating the difficulties of his inevitable frail natures, holding his fist up to what he dreams and lives for. He speaks of the wounds that must be spoken of. He speaks of the correspondence of nature, the marvels of nature. He perseveres adversity, he celebrates adversity, he portrays a speaker's evolution—whole yet broken, dying yet loving—alive at its end. 

 

 

Recommendations  

 

The penniless spawn of hell-fire spewing evangelicals, Gigolo hotfoots it to the one city where a young man can get paid as long as he's willing to do anything: New Orleans. A Dante in hot pants and platform heels, Gigolo is at his most moving when he describes the world he came from, one of farm life, jail time, and church, church, church, all in the company of characters so odd that Flannery O'Connor would have shaken her head and said, "They're too weird for me." Like cherry bombs, these poems startle, illuminate, and make you cackle with delight as you say, "Awright! Fire up another!"

 

David Kirby

 

 

 

Few poets have signaled, from the inside of their debasement, the commerce of the body for sale, leaving out nothing, not even the luciferic joy at the bottom of the well. The chains of Scott Bailey's Gigolo have dragged themselves over the ruined landscape of the city, leaving in their wake the words in this book. 

 

 

Andrei Codrescu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John King (The Drunken Odyssey) interviews the Poet Scott Bailey (Episode 147). 

            

 

 

Contact Scott Bailey

 

Email: info@cscottbailey.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae


 

Christopher SCOTT BAILEY 

 

   

  

 

RECENT ACADEMIC EMPLOYMENT 

 

 



Brown University, Literary Arts Program/School of Professional Studies. Providence, Rhode Island.

          Visiting Poetry Instructor. (Summer 2018). 

 

 

Tougaloo College, English Department. Tougaloo, Mississippi.

          Visiting Assistant Professor of English. (Fall 2017-Spring 2018). 

 

 

 

EDUCATION 

 

 

 

Ph.D.   (2012).   English; Creative Writing (Poetry). Florida State University.

 

M.F.A. (2007).   Creative Writing (Poetry). New York University.

 

M.A.    (2000).   English; Creative Writing (Poetry). University of Southern Mississippi.

 

B.A.     (1998).   English, Summa Cum Laude. University of Southern Mississippi. 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS 

 

 

          Book 

 

 

Thus Spake Gigolo. New York Quarterly Books. (September 2014). 

 

 

          Journals

 

 

 

“Adolescent Tornado.” The Ocean State Review. Volume 8. (Fall 2018).

 

"On The Other Side." Psychology Tomorrow Magazine. Issue 10. (January 2014).

 

"Why Should I Stand For Jesus?” Verse Daily. (2014).

 

“Greyhound,” “Probation,” “Jail,” “Bond,” “Court,” “Death.” Exquisite Corpse. (Spring 2012).

 

“Tradition and The Individual Talent.” Exquisite Corpse. (Summer 2011). 

 

“Goodwill.” Rufous City Review. Issue 2. (2010).

 

“Gigolo.” Exquisite Corpse. Fall (2009).

 

“Why I Should Stand for Jesus?” Harpur Palate. Fall (2008).

 

“Hallows.” New York Quarterly. Issue 65. (2008).

 

“Exit Ramp 69 in Eatonville, Mississippi.” New York Quarterly. Issue 66. (2008).

 

“Pasture.” Southern Quarterly. (2007).

 

“Sugar Hill.” New York Quarterly. (Fall 2005).

 

“The Birth.” Meridian.  Issue 17. (Fall 2006).  

 

“Giving Beauty Back to God,” “I’m Not Surprised.” 2 River Review. (Spring 2006).

 

“Building,” “Porch Swing,” “Stillborn.” Mississippi Valley Voices. (2005).

 

“I Believe in Miracles.” 42 opus. (Fall 2004).

 

“The Last Supper.” The Cortland Review. (Fall 2003).

 

“Sidetracked.” Poems Niedergnasse. (Spring 2003).

 

"Backward Pedaling,” “Bildungsroman.” The Adirondack Review. (Spring 2003).

 

"Fire." Verse Daily. Spring 2003.

 

“The Aristocracy of the Plow,” “Fire,” “The Lost Supper,” “Lot’s Wife.” The Southeast Review. (2003).

 

“Front Yard,” “Backyard.” Segue. (Spring 2003).

 

“Grits,” “Poor as Powder.” The Journal. Issue 27.1. (Spring 2003).

 

“Aunt Louise and Space Shuttle Challenger.” Exquisite Corpse. (Spring 2002).

 

“Picture Frames and Uncle James.” Exquisite Corpse. (Spring 2002).

 

“Something’s Rising And It Ain’t The Rent.” Exquisite Corpse. (Spring 2002).

 

“Lot’s Eldest Daughter.” Exquisite Corpse. (Spring 2002).

 

“Milk Jugs and Dad’s Dealings of Hell.” Exquisite Corpse. (Spring 2002).

 

 

         CoTranslations with Rebecca Morgan

 

 

“A River Dolphin,” “Conjure,” “Carvers in the Amazon,” “Canoe.” Antonio Correa Losada. Chelsea 82/83. (Spring 2008).

 

“La Poema 10.” Patricia Medina (Mexico). Indiana Review. (Spring 2006).

 

Plantains,” “Mixed Media,” “Relatives,” “Grating.” Juan Carlos Galeano. Poetry International. Issue 9.  

 

“The Wait,” “Pasture.” Juan Carlos Galeano. Prism International. Issue 43:1. 

 

 

          Anthologies

 

 

“Airing my House.”  Poetic Voices Without Borders. Gival Press. (2005).

 

“The Hairy Legs of God,” “Rite of Passage.”A Generation Defining Itself. MWE Enterprises. (2005).

 

“Hide-n-Seek.”  Bend Don’t Shatter.  Soft Skull Press. (2004).

 

 

          Book Review

 

 

“Amazonia:  transformacion y ruinas.” A review of Juan Carlos Galeano. Puesto de Combate Ediciones Sociedad de la                        Imaginacion. No. 62.  Bogota, Colombia. (2006).

 

 

          Interview

 

 

“Getting to Know Angela Ball.” The Southeast Review. Florida State University. (2008).

 

 

          Pedagogy 

 

 

“Poetry-n-Push-Ups—The Instruction of Creative Writing in Alternative Settings.” Associated Writing Program:                          Pedagogical Forum. (Spring 2005).

 

 

          Podcast Interview

 

 

“Episode 147—Scott Bailey interviewed by John King.” Drunken Odyssey. (April 2015).

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIPS and HONORS

 

 

 

May Alexander Ryburn Fellowship.  Florida State University. (Fall 2007-Spring 2012).

 

Writer-in-Residence Fellowship. Valparaiso Foundation. Spain. (Summer 2006).

 

Starworks Fellowship. New York University. (Fall 2006-Spring 2007).

 

Elizabeth T. Booker Fellowship. New York University. (Fall 2005-Spring 2007). 

 

Writer-in-Residence Fellowship. Mississippi Arts Commission. (Fall 2002).

 

The John Mackay Shaw Academy of American Poetry Graduate Award. Florida State University. (Spring 2010).

 

Nomination. The Associated Writing Program Intro Award. Florida State University. (Fall 2011).

 

Nomination. Best New Poets Anthology. (2009).

 

Nomination. The Pushcart Prize. Florida State University. (2008).

 

Finalist. The Milton Kessler Memorial Prize. Harpur Palate. (2008).

 

Nomination. The Associated Writing Program Intro Award. Florida State University. (Fall 2007).

 

Finalist. Fine Arts Work Center. Provincetown, Massachusetts. (Spring 2007).

 

Finalist. The Kathryn A. Morton Prize. Sarabande Books. (Spring 2007).

 

Artist Teacher Roster. Mississippi Arts Commission. (2005).

 

Finalist. Frank O’Hara Chapbook Competition. (2005).

 

First Runner-Up. William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. (Fall 2003).

 

Finalist. Second Annual Prentice Hall Contest. Hayden’s Ferry Review. (Summer 2000).

 

 

 

CONFERENCES

 

 

 

          Panel Participant

 

 

“The Poet in our Divided World.” Saints-n-Sinners Literary Festival. New Orleans, Louisiana. (Spring 2015).

 

“The Instruction of Creative Writing in Alternative Settings.” Associated Writing Program. Pedagogical Forum.                 

        Vancouver, Canada. (Spring 2005).

 

“Writing the Five Senses.” Whole Schools Initiative Summer Institute. Mississippi Arts Commission. The University of               Southern Mississippi. Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Summer 2005).

 

“From the Erotic to the Divine.” The Saints-n-Sinners Literary Festival. New Orleans, Louisiana. (Summer 2003).

 

“The Muse on the Mississippi.” The Words and Music Festival. New Orleans, Louisiana. (Fall 2003).

 

“Unmasking Masculinities.” Second Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Southern Mississippi.                               Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (February 2000).

 

“Property, Possession and Identity.” First Annual Interdisciplinary Conference. University of Southern Mississippi.                      Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (April 1999).

 

 

 

INVITED READINGS

 

 

 

Summer Program Reading Series. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. (Summer 2018).

 

Summer Program Reading Series. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. (Summer 2017).

 

Summer Program Reading Series. Brown University. Providence, Rhode Island. (Summer 2016).

 

Reading from Thus Spake Gigolo. Saints-n-Sinners Literary Festival. New Orleans, Louisiana. (Spring 2015).

 

Bend, Don’t Shatter Reading. Saints-n-Sinners Literary Festival. New Orleans, Louisiana (Spring 2005).

 

Montevallo Literary Festival. University of Alabama. Montevallo, Alabama. (April 2005).

 

 

 

TEACHING

 

 

 

          Academic

 

 

Brown University

 

 

Visiting Instructor. SPS CEEL 0910 Creative Writing—Poetry Workshop. (Summer 2018).

 

 

Tougaloo College

 

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of English. ENG 102 Effective Writing. (Spring 2018).

 

Visiting Assistant Professor of English. ENG 101E (Developmental) Effective Writing. (Fall 2017-Spring 2018).

 

 

Brown University

 

 

Visiting Instructor. SPS CEEL 0910 Creative Writing—Poetry Workshop. (Summer 2017).

 

Visiting Instructor. SPS CEEL 0905 Creative Writing—Fiction Workshop. (Summer 2016).

 

 

Tougaloo College

 

 

Adjunct Professor. ENG 101 Effective Writing. (Fall 2015-Spring 2016). 

 

Adjunct Professor. ENG 102 Effective Writing. (Fall 2015-Spring 2016).

 

Adjunct Professor. ENG 101E (Developmental) Effective Writing. (Fall 2015).

 

 

Southern New Hampshire University

 

 

Online Adjunct Professor. ENG 348 Intermediate Poetry Workshop. (Fall 2012-Spring 2013).

 

Online Adjunct Professor. ENG 358 Advanced Poetry Workshop. (Fall 2012-Spring 2013).

 

 

Florida State University

 

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). LIT 2020 Introduction to The Short Story. (Fall 2011-Spring 2012).

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). CRW 3311 Poetic Technique. (Fall 2009-Spring 2011).

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). ENC 3310 Article and Essay Technique. (Fall 2009-Spring 2011).

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). ENC 1142 Imaginative Writing. (Fall 2007-Spring 2008).

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). ENC 1101 Composition I. (Fall 2007-Spring 2008).

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). ENC 1102 Composition II. (Fall 2007-Spring 2008).

 

 

New York University

 

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). CRW 9515 Introductory Poetry and Fiction Workshop. (Fall 2006-Spring 2007). 

 

 

Delgado Community College

 

 

Adjunct Professor. ENG 098 Developmental Composition I. (Fall 2001-Spring 2002).

 

Adjunct Professor. ENG 099 Developmental Composition II. (Fall 2001-Spring 2002).

 

 

University of Southern Mississippi

 

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). ENG 101 Composition I. (Fall 1999-Spring 2000). 

 

Teaching Assistant (Sole Instructor). ENG 102 Composition II. (Fall 1999-Spring 2000).

 

 

          Arts-Based Outreach and Coalition Programs

 

 

St. Mary’s Hospital for Kids

 

 

Artist Teacher. Creative Writing. New York University; The Starworks Foundation. New York, New York. (Spring 2006).

 

 

Ronald McDonald House

 

 

Artist Teacher. Creative Writing. New York University; The Starworks Foundation. New York, New York. (Fall 2006).

 

 

Carrie Stern Elementary School 

 

 

Artist Teacher. Creative Writing. Mississippi Arts Commission. Greenville, Mississippi. (Fall 2005).

 

 

Harrison County Adult Correctional Center

 

 

Artist Teacher. Creative Writing. Mississippi Arts Commission; The Mississippi State Board of Education. Gulfport,                    Mississippi. (Fall 2003).

 

 

Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center 

 

Artist Teacher. Creative Writing. The School of Social Work; University of Southern Mississippi.

          Hattiesburg, Mississippi. (Spring 2002).

 

 

 

SERVICE

 

 

 

          Editorships

 

 

Submissions Screener. The Alice James Award. Alice James Books. (2015-Present).

 

Submissions Reader. The Southeast Review. (2009-2010).

 

Submissions Reader. Washington Square Review. (2005-2007).

 

Guest Editor. New York Quarterly. (2005).

 

Guest Editor. New Laurel Review. (2002).

 

 

          Administrative

 

 

Administrative Assistant—The All Write! Initiative. Mississippi Arts Commission. Jackson, Mississippi.

          (Fall 2003-Spring 2004). 

 

 

 

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