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Elaine Equi

2019 Season

Elaine Equi read her poetry at the opening of Rome and the Teacher, Astra Zarina.

ELAINE EQUI was born in Oak Park, Illinois, and raised in Chicago and its outlying suburbs. In 1988, she moved to New York City with her husband poet Jerome Sala. Over the years, her witty, aphoristic, and innovative work has become nationally and internationally known. Her
book, Ripple Effect: New & Selected Poems, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and on the short list for Canada’s prestigious Griffin Poetry Prize.

Among her other titles are Surface Tension, Voice-Over, which won the San Francisco State University Poetry Center Award, and most recently, Sentences and Rain. A new collection, The Intangibles, is forthcoming in 2019. Widely published and anthologized, her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Nation, and numerous volumes of The Best American Poetry. She teaches at New York University, and in the MFA Program at the New School.

“There is a lot of fake poetry out there. Equi is real. She changes the way you look at things. you cannot fake the authenticity that informs even the most casual of her observations.”
-David Lehman of Best American Poetry blog

“… her spare wit has always bent toward meaning, even as it pokes and pries and resists the clichés and the customs that conversation, prose fiction, and more conventional poetry bring.”
-Stephanie Burt of American Poets magazine

“… these poems, brief as they sometimes are, simply-stated as they almost always are, open up a ground, a web, of the conscious and subconscious dailiness we all experience but rarely self-examine or seek to understand.”
-Laverne Frith of the New York Journal of Books

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