Dora Malech

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Dora Malech
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Born (1981-09-04) September 4, 1981 (age 37)
New Haven
EducationYale University
Alma materYale University;
University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop

Dora Malech (born September 4, 1981 in New Haven, Connecticut) is an American poet.


Malech grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University in 2003, and received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2005.[1] She has since taught writing at the University of Iowa; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; Kirkwood Community College; and Augustana College. She has served as Distinguished Poet-in-Residence at Saint Mary's College of California, and she is a co-founder and former director of the arts engagement organization the Iowa Youth Writing Project.[2]

She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is an assistant professor in The Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars in the Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University.[3]


Malech’s first full-length collection of poetry, Shore Ordered Ocean, was published in 2009 by The Waywiser Press.[4] The Cleveland State University Poetry Center published her second collection, Say So, in 2010.[5]

The awards she has received for her poetry include a 2009 residency fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, a 2010 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, and a 2017 Amy Clampitt Residency Award.[6][7][8]

Her poems have appeared in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Academy of American Poets' Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion, The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day Series and Imagine Our Parks with Poems Series, Barn Owl Review, Barrow Street, Best New Zealand Poems, Chelsea, Denver Quarterly, Gargoyle Magazine, Gulf Coast, The Hopkins Review, Indiana Review, The Iowa Review, jubilat, The Morning News, New Orleans Review, The New Yorker, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poet Lore, Poetry, Poetry London, Sonora Review, Sport, Tin House, Versal, and The Yale Review.[2]

Her poems were selected by Natasha Trethewey for Best New Poets 2007, Mark Strand for No Near Exit: Writers Select Their Favorite Work from Post Road Magazine, and Sherman Alexie for The Best American Poetry 2015.[2]

She collaborated with composer Jacob Cooper on a track for his debut album Silver Threads (Nonesuch Records, 2014).[9]



  • Malech, Dora (1999). Inside & Elsewhere (Chapbook). Washington, DC: Argonne Hotel Press. ISBN 9781887641265.[10]
  • Malech, Dora (2009). Shore Ordered Ocean. Waywiser Press. ISBN 9781904130390[11]
  • Malech, Dora (2010). Say So. Cleveland State University Poetry Center. ISBN 9781880834923[12]

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
To the you of ten years ago, now 2013 Malech, Dora (May 6, 2013). "To the you of ten years ago, now". The New Yorker. 89 (12): 36.


  1. ^ "Dora Malech". Poetry Foundation. 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  2. ^ a b c "About". Dora Malech. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  3. ^ "Dora Malech | The Writing Seminars | Johns Hopkins University". Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  4. ^ "Shore Ordered Ocean – The Waywiser Press". Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  5. ^ "Say So". Cleveland State University Poetry Center. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  6. ^ "Dora Malech - Fellows - Civitella Ranieri". Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  7. ^ "Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships". Poetry Foundation. 2016-12-30. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  8. ^ "The Amy Clampitt Fund". Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  9. ^ "Nonesuch Records Silver Threads". Nonesuch Records Official Website. Retrieved 2016-12-30.
  10. ^ Malech, Dora (1999-04-09). Inside & Elsewhere. Washington, D.C.: Argonne Hotel Press. ISBN 9781887641265.
  11. ^ Malech, Dora (2010). Shore Ordered Ocean. Waywiser Press. ISBN 9781904130390.
  12. ^ Malech, Dora (2010-11-29). Say So (First ed.). Cleveland: Cleveland State University Poetry Center. ISBN 9781880834923.

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