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Ann Lauterbach

July 8, 2017

Ann Lauterbach is the recipient of the 5th ‘T’ Space Annual Poetry Award.

Listen here to her reading at the July 8 opening of Sarah Oppenheimer’s “S-PT” installation at ‘T’ Space.



Ann Lauterbach was born and grew up in Manhattan, where she studied painting at the High School of Music and Art. She received her BA in English from the University of Wisconsin and did graduate work at Columbia University. Lauterbach worked in art galleries for several years. She has taught in the Writing programs at Brooklyn College, Columbia, Iowa, City College, the Graduate Center of CUNY, and the Yale School of Art.. Her work was the subject of a three-day seminar at the Universite of Paris in 2014. Lauterbach has written essays on numerous artists. She has published nine collections of poetry, most recently Under the Sign from Penguin. Her prose has been collected in The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience, The Given & The Chosen, and Saint Petersburg Notebook. 

Lauterbach has received fellowships from the Ingram Merrill Foundation, the Guggenheim Foundation and the. MacArthur Foundation. Her 2009 collection, Or To Begin Again, was nominated for a National Book Award.

She has been, since 1990, co-Chair of Writing in the Milton Avery School of the Arts  &  Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard College. She lives in Germantown, New York.

Domestic ModernismBy Ann Lauterbach

A chair

and a painting

are in love

they resemble

each other

this happens


it takes a

long time

for a chair

and a painting

to fall in love.

One of them

is geometrical

and slides

across curves


a black ground.

The other

is floral.

The floral

once had a


twin rug

but it was


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