Dorothea Lasky

b. 1978
Dorothea Lasky
Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published three collections of poetry, AWE (2007), and Black Life (2010), and Thunderbird (2012), as well as several chapbooks, including the polemical Poetry Is Not a Project (2010). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the New Yorker, Paris Review, and American Poetry Review. Known for her colloquial, even slangy style and dramatic readings, Lasky acknowledges that “there is a kind of arrogance, a kind of supreme power, that when infused with a little real humility and expertise, makes a poem. Because the poem is always about the speaker.” Lasky was awarded a Bagley Wright Fellowship in 2013, and she is an assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University.

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  • Listen Out with the Old
    Dorothea Lasky's charming, powerful poetry takes readers by surprise.
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  • Listen July/August 2014: "We a Wild Life"
    Readings by Rosanna Warren and Thomas Sayers Ellis (with saxophone accompaniment by James Brandon Lewis). Dorothea Lasky talks with the editors about color in poetry.
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POET’S REGION U.S., Mid-Atlantic

LIFE SPAN 1978–

Dorothea Lasky

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Dorothea Lasky was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She earned a BA at Washington University and an MFA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has published three collections of poetry, AWE (2007), and Black Life (2010), and Thunderbird (2012), as well as several chapbooks, including the polemical Poetry Is Not a Project (2010). Her poems have appeared in a number of prominent publications, including the New . . .

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