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Floyd Skloot, Author of Approximately Paradise, Selected Poems: 1970-2005 and Cream of Kohlrabi

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Floyd Skloot
Photo by Beverly Hallberg
Floyd Skloot’s Approximately ParadiseFloyd Skloot’s Selected Poems: 1970-2005Floyd Skloot’s Cream of Kohlrabi


Floyd Skloot is the author of seventeen books, including two volumes of poems from Tupelo Press, and the acclaimed memoirs In the Shadow of Memory (2003) and The Wink of the Zenith (2008). The stories in Cream of Kohlrabi originally appeared in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Ontario Review, North American Review, Glimmer Train, Witness, and other magazines. He and his wife, the artist Beverly Hallberg, live in Portland, Oregon. With his daughter Rebecca Skloot, he edited Best American Science Writing 2011.

Floyd Skloot was named one of fifty of the most inspiring authors in the world by Poets & Writers (January/February 2010): “Despite virus-induced brain damage, he writes with surprising tenderness and candor about recreating a life for himself and, in the process, makes us think about our own.”

“Skloot is such a fine writer that he can — and does — write about eating ‘baloney and eggs’ and makes it seem fascinating.” — Publishers Weekly


Winner of a third Pushcart Prize (2008) for his essay "The Voice of the Past"

Floyd Skloot talks about his new collection of stories, Cream of Kohlrabi, with host of "Between the Covers," Suzanne LaGrande, on KBOO Community Radio in Portland, Oregon. Listen to it online here.
Floyd Skloot's eloquent book review, “Portrait of Stegner, Slightly Skewed” appeared in the Boston Globe, concerning Philip Fradkin's Wallace Stegner and the American West. You can read it at
Reviews of Floyd Skloot's Approximately Paradise
Reviews of Floyd Skloot's Cream of Kohlrabi