Autumnal: A Collection of Elegies


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Here is a collection of contemporary elegies by 15 poets and a violinist compiled during what the Chinese call the season of grief. When faced with great loss, many artists search for remnants of memory to create something meaningful out of what is gone. What the living do, if we are to follow Marie Howe’s edict, is to make music and poetry.

Contributors to Autumnal: Vicki Brown, Tedi Lopez-Mills, Wendy Burk, Jennifer Barber, Sylvia Um, Sandra Lim, Jane Miller, Marie Howe, Deborah Fries, Renee Angle, Niki Herd, Elline Lipkin, Joni Wallace, Olga Broumas, Frances Sjoberg, and Ann Dernier.

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Tedi López Mills

Tedi López Mills is a poet, essayist, translator, and editor. From 1994 to 1999, she was Editor-in-Chief of the literary journal La Gaceta. In 1998, she received the first poetry grant awarded by the Octavio Paz Foundation. Her poetry books includeCinco estaciones, Un lugar ajeno, Segunda persona, (for which she received the Efraín Huerta National Literature Prize), Glosas, Horas and…

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Wendy Burk

Wendy Burk is a poet and translator of Spanish. She has twice been named Artist-in-Residence with the National Park Service (2001, Isle Royale National Park; 2003, Buffalo National River). Together with poet Eric Magrane, she is at work on a collaborative book based on these residencies. Titles available from Kore Press: While Light is Built; translation of Tedi Lopez Mills…

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Jennifer Barber

Jennifer Barber attended Colby College in Maine and studied medieval literature in England as a Rhodes Scholar. She received her MFA from Columbia University. A selection of her work appears in the anthology Take Three: 3, Agni New Poets Series (Graywolf Press, 1998); a selection also appears in the anthology Four Way Reader #2 (Four Way Books, 2001). She has…

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Sylvia Sohn Um

Sylvia Sohn Um was born on May 9, 1968, in Kellogg, Idaho, to parents Richard and Patricia Um, who immigrated to the U.S. from Korea in 1963. She graduated from the University of Arizona Department of English in 1994 as one of the brightest students to pass through this university. Among her honors are included the Arizona Regents’ Academic Achievement…

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Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. She attended Stanford University, and holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems have appeared in several literary journals including Gulf Coast, Colorado Review, American Letters & Commentary, Denver Quarterly, and…

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Jane Miller

Jane Miller lives in Tucson, AZ, where she serves on the faculty of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona. Her publications include The Greater Leisures from Doubleday in 1983; American Odalisque, a book of poems from Copper Canyon Press; and Working Time: Essays on Poetry, Culture, and Travel, from Michigan's Poets on Poetry Series. Most recently, Ms.…

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Marie Howe

Marie Howe received a Guggenheim and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Agni,Harvard Review, and New England Review, among others. She is the author ofWhat the Living Do and The Good Thief, which was selected by Margaret Atwood for the National Poetry Series. She teaches at Sarah Lawrence College.

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Renee Angle

Renee Angle is the author of WoO (Letter Machine Editions, 2016). Her writing has appeared in the literary journals Entropy Magazine, Western Humanities Review, The Volta, Diagram, Practice New Art + Writing, Sonora Review, EOAGH in addition to the anthology I'LL DROWN MY BOOK: CONCEPTUAL WRITING BY WOMEN (Les Figues Press, 2012), and in the chapbook Lucy Design in the Papal Flea (dancing girl press, 2010). She lives and works in Tucson, AZ, where she…

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Niki Herd

Niki Herd grew up in Cleveland and received degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in several journals and anthologies and has been supported by organizations including the Astraea Foundation, Cave Canem, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her first collection of poems, The Language of Shedding…

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Elline Lipkin

Elline Lipkin grew up in Miami, FL, and attended Wesleyan University. She received her MFA from Columbia University in 1994 and her Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Houston in 2003. She has worked as an editor in both New York City and in Paris. Her poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Margie, North American…

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Joni Wallace

Joni Wallace earned an MFA from the University of Montana, was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship by the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 1999, and recently completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches poetry with author Richard Shelton in the Arizona State Prison and at the University of Arizona, Extended University.

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Olga Broumas

Olga Broumas holds an MFA in poetry and a BA in Architecture and is poet-in-residence at Brandeis University. She has received Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships. Her books include Beginning with O, a Yale Younger poets selection; Perpetua; Pastoral Jazz; and What I Love andThe Little Mariner, two translations of Odysseas Elytis.

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Frances Sjoberg

Frances Sjoberg was a literary director at the University of Arizona Poetry Center. Under Ms. Sjoberg's leadership, the Poetry Center became known nationally for producing innovative programs, including: The Statewide Bilingual Corrido Contest for High School Students, The Community Creative Writing Classes and Workshops, the publication of VERSE! Poetry for Young Children, The Mary Ann Campau Memorial Fellowship for Local…

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Ann Dernier

Ann Dernier is co-founder of Poets’ Studio, a workshop series for writers, as well as a juried artist on the Arizona Commission on the Arts Teaching Artist Roster. She serves on the editorial team for Koré Press and is a guest poet for the Grrls Literary Activism Series. She is editor of Writing Out of the Darkness, an anthology of poetry…

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Deborah Fries

Deborah Fries was the Poet Laureate of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania from 2006 - 2007. Her poems have appeared in North American Review, Cimarron Review, Terrain, and other journals, including the premiere issue ofCream City Review. A recipient of a grant from the Leeway Foundation, she lives in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. She received an MA in English from the University of…

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