Born in Nebraska, Erin Belieu earned an MA from Boston University and an MFA from the Ohio State University. Belieu’s work focuses on gender, love, and history, filtering wide-ranging subject matter through a variety of theoretical frameworks. She often addresses feminist issues and uses poetic conventions and street talk. Belieu is the author of three books of poetry: Infanta
(1995), selected by Hayden Carruth for the National Poetry Series; One Above, One Below
(2000); and Black Box
(2006), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times
Book Prize. Belieu co-edited, with Susan Aizenberg
, the volume The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women
(2001). With poet Cate Marvin
, Belieu co-founded and co-directs VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts
, an organization that seeks to “explore critical and cultural perceptions of writing by women” in contemporary culture.
Belieu has taught at Washington University, Boston University, Kenyon College, and Ohio University, and is currently an associate professor in creative writing at Florida State University. The former managing editor of AGNI
, Belieu is working on a memoir about raising a child with special needs.
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