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
Dorothea Lasky will read as part of "Backseats & Bedrooms," for the 2014-2015 Hugo Literary Series, with Mona Simpson, Carter Sickels, and music by the Drop Shadows. Tickets available through the Hugo Literary Series website.