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Charles Jensen's clever, thoughtful, and deep Story Problems was the winner of the 2017 Palooka Press Chapbook Contest. He's the author of five chapbooks of poems, most recently Breakup/Breakdown, and The First Risk, which was a finalist for the 2010 Lambda Literary Award. A new collection of prose poems, Nanopedia, is forthcoming in 2018. His previous chapbooks include Living Things, which won the 2006 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award, and The Strange Case of Maribel Dixon (New Michigan Press, 2007). A past recipient of an Artist’s Project Grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, his poetry has appeared in American Poetry Review, Bloom, Columbia Poetry Review, Copper Nickel, Field, The Journal, New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He's the founding editor of the online poetry magazine LOCUSPOINT, which explores creative work on a city-by-city basis. He lives in Los Angeles.