Elizabeth Robinson

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Elizabeth Robinson (born 1961, Denver, Colorado) is an American poet and professor, author of twelve collections of poetry, most recently Counterpart (Ahsahta Press, 2012),[1] "Three Novels" (Omnidawn, 2011) "Also Known A," (Apogee, 2009), and The Orphan and Its Relations (Fence Books, 2008).[2][3] Her work has appeared in Conjunctions, The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, the Denver Quarterly, Poetry Salzburg Review,[4] and New American Writing. Her poems have been anthologized in "American Hybrid" (Norton, 2009), "The Best of Fence" (Fence, 2009), and Postmodern American Poetry (Norton, 2013) [5] With Avery Burns, Joseph Noble, Rusty Morrison, and Brian Strang, she co-edited 26 magazine. Starting in 2012, Robinson began editing a new literary periodical, Pallaksch. Pallaksch, with Steven Seidenberg. For 12 years, Robinson co-edited, with Colleen Lookingbill, the EtherDome Chapbook series which published chapbooks by emerging women poets. She co-edits Instance Press with Beth Anderson and Laura Sims. She graduated from Bard College, Brown University, and Pacific School of Religion. She moved from the Bay Area to Boulder, Colorado where she taught at the University of Colorado and at Naropa University. She has also taught at the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has twice served as the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana.

Early life[edit]

Robinson was born in Denver, Colorado but grew up primarily in Southern California with four siblings. She began writing poetry soon after she became literate. Robinson spent her first[clarification needed] in college at the University of California, Davis, where she took courses from Karl Shapiro. After a year at Davis, she transferred to Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, where she worked extensively with Robert Kelly, but also studied with Edward Sanders and Robert Duncan. During the summer of 1984, she went to the summer writing program at (then) Naropa Institute where she had her first contact with Robert Creeley, another important mentor. At Brown University, where Robinson completed an MFA, she worked with Keith Waldrop (and was an intern with Burning Deck Press) and C.D. Wright.


  • 2017 Fellow at the Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
  • 2016 Fellow at the Maison Dora Maar, Menerbes, France
  • 2012 Grant from the Boomerang Foundation
  • 2008 Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Grants to Artists Award
  • 2002 Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend
  • 2001 National Poetry Series for Pure Descent

Winner of Gertrude Stein Awards for Innovative Poetry, 1994, 1995, 2006

  • 1987 Baxter Hathaway Prize for a long poem, Epoch Magazine

Recipient of residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and the Headlands Center for the Arts

Published works[edit]

Full-length Collections

  • "Blue Heron," (Fort Collins CO, Center for Literary Publishing, 2013)
  • Counterpart (Boise ID: Ahsahta Press, 2012)
  • "Three Novels" (Omnidawn, 2011)
  • "Also Known As" (Apogee Press, 2009)
  • Inaudible Trumpeters (Harbor Mountain Press, 2008)
  • The Orphan & Its Relations. Fence Books. 2008. ISBN 978-1-934200-16-2.
  • Under That Silky Roof. Burning Deck Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1-886224-71-1.
  • Apostrophe. Apogee Press. 2006. ISBN 978-0-9744687-9-2.
  • Apprehend. Apogee Press. 2003. ISBN 978-0-9713189-5-3.
  • Pure Descent. Sun & Moon Press. 2003. ISBN 978-1-55713-410-3.
  • Harrow. Omnidawn Publishing. 2001. ISBN 978-1-890650-07-0.
  • House Made of Silver. Kelsey St. Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-932716-51-4.
  • In the sequence of falling things. Paradigm Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-945926-20-7.
  • Bed of lists. K Press. 1990. ISBN 978-0-932716-25-5.


  • "Reply" (Pavement Saw Press, 2011)
  • "Rumor" (Belladonna Press, 2008)
  • "The Golem" (Phylum Press, 2007)
  • Carrington (Hot Whiskey Press, 2008)[6]
  • My Name Happens Also (Burning Deck Press, 1987)


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