Born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, poet and essayist Suzanne Gardinier earned a BA at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an MFA at Columbia University. She uses formal constraints ranging from the ancient Urdu ghazal structure to an expansively split line of her own invention. In a piece for the blog Cayenne, Gardinier discussed her interest in “the body–the individual body, the sexual body, the body politic, the assailed body of the earth–in this time.” Making the body visible through writing, Gardinier alleged, was “to make a possibility for human survival on this planet. To listen to hunger, one’s own and that of others: for food, for touch, for liberation.”

Gardinier is the author of several poetry collections, including Iridium & Selected Poems 1986–2009 (2011), Today: 101 Ghazals (2008), and the long poem The New World (1993), which Lucille Clifton chose for the Associated Writing Program’s Award Series in Poetry. She has also published a collection of essays, A World That Will Hold All The People (1996). Gardinier’s poetry has been included in the anthologies Best American Poetry (1989) and Under 35: The New Generation of American Poets (1989). She is the recipient of the Kenyon Review Award for Excellence in the Essay as well as grants from the Lannan Foundation and the New York Foundation.

Gardinier lives in Manhattan and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College since 1994.
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