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Elizabeth Robinson

Boulder, Colorado

Born 1961, Denver, Colorado

Poet, Teacher, Small Press Publisher

I understand the writing of poetry as processual and exploratory, not as a means of landing upon ultimate discovery. In a sense, I find that writing poetry, like the practice of any art, maximizes a sense of suspension during which my/our usual conclusions are held at bay and I/we can enter a different mode of attentiveness. Lately I have been experimenting with writing as less an act of utterance than of listening. My sustaining preoccupations have been with spirituality, ethics, and the formation and operation of community. Trying to attend to these closely enables me to participate in the problems and opportunities afforded by a wrestling with spiritual or ethical issues, and with the day to day vexations and pleasures of living in the world with other humans and sharing language with them.

1999 M.A., Ethics, Pacific School of Religion

1995 Master of Divinity, Pacific School of Religion

1987 M.A., Creative Writing, Brown University

1985 B.A., Literature and Psychology, Bard College


2009 Also Known As. Berkeley, CA: Apogee Press

2008 The Orphan and its Relations. New York, NY: Fence Books

2006 Under That Silky Roof. Providence, RI: Burning Deck Press

2006 Apostrophe. Berkeley, CA: Apogee Press

2004 Apprehend. New York, NY: Fence Books; Berkeley, CA: Apogee Press; New York, NY: Saturnalia Press

2003 Pure Descent. Los Angeles, CA: Sun & Moon Press

2001 Harrow. Richmond, CA: Omnidawn Press

2000 House Made of Silver. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey St. Press

1991 Bed of Lists. Berkeley, CA: Kelsey St. Press

1990 In the Sequence of Falling Things. Providence, RI: Paradigm Press


2010 Editor's Choice Prize, Pavement Saw Continental Chapbook Award for Reply

2002 Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend

2002 Tenets of Roots and Trouble included in The Best American Poetry of 2002

2001 National Poetry Series for Pure Descent

1989 Grant from the Fund for Poetry

1987 Baxter Hathaway Prize for a long poem, Epoch Magazine

Year Awarded 2008
Category Poetry
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