Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky

  • Dorothea Lasky is the author of three full-length collections of poetry: Thunderbird (Wave Books, 2012), Black Life (Wave Books, 2010), and AWE (Wave Books, 2007). She is also the author of six chapbooks: Matter: A Picturebook (Argos Books, 2012), The Blue Teratorn (Yes Yes Books, 2012), Poetry is Not a Project (Ugly Duckling Presse, 2010), Tourmaline (Transmission Press, 2008), The Hatmaker’s Wife (2006), Art (H_NGM_N Press, 2005), and Alphabets and Portraits (Anchorite Press, 2004). Born in St. Louis in 1978, her poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Gulf Coast, The Laurel Review, MAKE magazine, Phoebe, Poets & Writers Magazine, The New Yorker, Tin House, The Paris Review, and 6x6, among other places. She is the co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013) and is a 2013 Bagley Wright Lecturer on Poetry. She holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania, is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has been educated at Harvard University and Washington University. She has taught poetry at New York University, Wesleyan University, and Bennington College. Currently, she is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Columbia University's School of the Arts and lives in New York City.

  • Reviews
    Lasky writes beautifully and lyrically, but in such a new and musical way it’s hard not to think of sunny hip-hop.
    —Shane Jones, Nylon Magazine

    Laugh, cry, or shake your head, Lasky cuts to the chase.
    —Jeffrey Cyphers Wright, Brooklyn Rail

    If the essence is not in what she says, Lasky’s poignancy is the result of subtle insights, both endearing and intuitive, suggested by what language leaves out.
    —Sophie Sills, Jacket2

    She will force you to acknowledge the blackness of the blood pumping underneath your skin or the claustrophobia of loneliness, but she will not allow you to forget there is light, and that it can exist in knowing another person.
    —Kristen Evans, Rain Taxi

    Reviews of books by Dorothea Lasky


    Black Life


  • - Dorothea Lasky’s blog and twitter

    - “Tornado” (in The New Yorker)
    - “What Is This Journey I Am On” (on The Daily Beast)
    - “Genius” (in Gulf Coast)
    - “The changing of the seasons is life and death seen gently ” (on Verse Daily)
    - Three poems (in BOMBlog)
    - Four poems (in Coconut)
    - “So You Think You Can Move Fast” and“Fake Diamonds” (in Everyday Genius)
    - Three poems (in Fou)
    - Two poems (in H_NGM_N)
    . . . and in Spanish at Bird Poems!

    - Poetry Northwest, with Diana Khoi Nguyen
    - BOMB Magazine, with Jonathan Aprea
    - Phoned-In, with Luke Degnan
    - The The Poetry, with Ben Fama
    - Phantom Limb, with Jeffrey Allen
    - Thoughts Interjected, with Nazifa Islam
    - Huffington Post, Travis Nichols

    Articles by Dorothea Lasky
    - “What Poetry Teaches Us About the Power of Persuasion” (at The Atlantic)
    - “The Poetic ‘Project’ (And Other Poetry-Associated Terms I Hate)” (at The Millions)
    - Dorothea Lasky's top five “desert island disks” (for Poetry Society of America)
    - “Hip Hop is American Poetry” (in Con / crescent)
    - “A Brief History of My Love of Stevie Nicks” (in Coldfront)

  • Audio

    - Dorothea Lasky’s page on PennSound
    - Answering the Proust Questionnaire at Weird Deer
    - Reading at the Kelly Writers House at UPenn
    - Reading for BOMBblog
    - Reading and interview for BOMB's Phoned-In
    - Lecturing for The Library of Congress's Webcast

    - Reading for CAConrad's video reading series, Jupiter 88

    Reading for Poeteevee:

    Reading “I had a man” from Thunderbird:

    Dorothea Lasky’s Tiny Tours
    Living Room:



  • Saturday APRIL 24, 2015 6:00pm

    CAConrad and Dorothea Lasky will read from their work along with four seniors in the Lewis Center for the Arts’ Program in Creative Writing at Princeton.

    Labyrinth Books, 122 Nassau Street, Princeton NJ

    Thursday APRIL 30, 2015 7:00pm - 8:15pm

    Dorothea Lasky with Deborah Landau will give a reading and talk as part of the “The New Salon”, hosted by New York University.

    Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House, 58 West 10th Street New York, NY

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