Quick Bio

Geoffrey Gatza is the editor and Publisher of the small press BlazeVOX. The fundamental mission of BlazeVOX is to disseminate poetry, through print and digital media, both within academic spheres and to society at large. Gatza has received awards from the Fund for Poetry and a Boomerang Award. He is the author many books of poetry, including Secrets of my Prison House (2010). Kenmore: Poem Unlimited (2009) and Not So Fast Robespierre (Menendez Publishing 2008). His writings for children’s include HouseCat Kung Fu: Strange Poems for Wild Children (Meritage Press 2008), and Kindle books, A Rocket Full of Pie and The Diamond who wanted to be a Ruby. He is also the author of the yearly Thanksgiving Menu-Poem Series, a book length poetic tribute for prominent poets, now in it's tenth year. He is a CIA trained chef, a former Marine, a lifelong Sherlockian and an avid philatelist. He lives in Buffalo, NY with his girlfriend and two beloved cats. 

Fund for Poetry (2008) 
Boomerang Fund for Artists (2008) 
John T. Masterson Award (2000)

Buffalo News: A conversation with poet Geoffrey Gatza 


Buffalo News: ‘Big Night’ for Combat Paper Project 


Buffalo News: ‘Big Night’ in Buffalo enriches cultural scene 


On Blazevox' Publishing Model, Or Fuck You You Fucking Fucks!


Buffalo News: “Controversy swirls around local press over funding model”


Buffalo News: “Poets have a hard sell in America” 


Pearl Blossom Highway: “BABES IN POETRYLAND” 


No Tell Books Supports BlazeVOX 


"A couple of years ago Geoffrey Gatza was in Buffalo, attending a conference devoted to the work of Charles Olson, when he had a chance to talk with poet Anne Waldman. Gatza, who launched the online journal BlazeVOX in 2000, and four years later, the small press BlazeVOX Books in Buffalo, was lamenting the fact that the press wasn't attracting more women writers. By that point, BlazeVOX Books had published about thirty titles—only three of which were written by women. "Even though that included two books nominated for Lambda Literary Awards, I wanted to be a more responsible editor," Gatza says. "So Anne offered the wonderful advice to place a note [on the Web site] to let women know in advance that their voices are appreciated." Evidently it worked. Among the press's new and forthcoming books are titles by Marcia Roberts, Amy King, Celia Gilbert, Sarah Sarai, Florine Melnyk, Jessica Baron, Sally Ashton, Elizabeth Hatmaker, and others. BlazeVOX Books is currently accepting submissions of poetry and fiction; guidelines are available on the Web site. " — Poets & Writers - Small Press Points, November/December 2009

Stoning the Devil; on BlazeVOX [books] — ‘So much good stuff is being published by Blazevox now that it seems to have, not a kind of monopoly, but a status like Subpop did in rock in the late 80s/early 90s. adam fieled,