Ange Mlinko

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Ange Mlinko (born Philadelphia) is an American poet. The author of five books of poetry, Mlinko was named a Guggenheim Fellow for 2014-15. Since 2014, she has taught poetry at the University of Florida. Her most recent book, Distant Mandate, was published in July 2017. She is currently the poetry editor of Subtropics, the literary journal at the University of Florida.


Ange Mlinko was born in Philadelphia and earned her BA from St. John's College and MFA from Brown University. She is the author of five books of poetry: Distant Mandate (2017); Marvelous Things Overheard (2013), which was selected by both the New Yorker and the Boston Globe as a best book of 2013; Shoulder Season (2010), a finalist for the William Carlos Williams Award; Starred Wire (2005), which was a National Poetry Series winner in 2004 and a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Matinees (1999).

Her poems are about urban life, about language and its failings, about the things we see and do not see. She is often compared to Frank O’Hara. The New Yorker praised her “unique sense of humor and mystery.” John Ashbery said of her collection Starred Wire, “A fine-grained light like that of a nineteenth-century Danish landscape painting shimmers throughout these gorgeously tactile and tactful poems."

Mlinko has published widely as a critic, and her honors and awards include the Randall Jarrell Award in Criticism, the Frederick Bock prize from Poetry magazine for her poem “Cantata for Lynette Roberts,” and a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation. Mlinko has worked in Brooklyn, Providence, Boston, and Morocco. She has taught poetry at Brown, the Naropa University Summer Writing Program, Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane, Morocco, and the University of Houston. She was the poetry editor for The Nation[1] from 2013-2016