Erin Belieu

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Erin Belieu
Born (1965-09-25) September 25, 1965 (age 57)
Organizationcofounded VIDA: Women in Literary Arts
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Writing career
Notable awards

Erin Belieu (born September 25, 1965) is an American poet.[1]

Early life[edit]

Belieu was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating from Central High School. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where she learned how to construct poetry.[2] Belieu then attended Boston University, and Ohio State University receiving advanced degrees in the area of poetry.


Belieu previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis, Boston University, Kenyon College, Ohio University, and Florida State University. She is presently on faculty at the University of Houston MFA/Ph.D. Creative Writing Program.[3]

Her work has appeared in places such as The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Slate,[4] Nerve, The Yale Review, TriQuarterly, Ploughshares, The New York Times, Tin House, and The Virginia Quarterly Review.[5] Her poetry collections include Infanta, One Above & One Below, Black Box and Slant Six. She has served as managing editor of AGNI.

In September 2006, Belieu was invited to join the Wave Press Poetry Bus Tour, along with notable poets such as Matthew Zapruder, Joshua Beckman, Eileen Myles and Arthur Sze.

In August 2009, Belieu cofounded the national feminist organization VIDA: Women In Literary Arts, notable for its influential annual survey of the rates of publication between male and female authors. This VIDA survey, known as The Count, has been highly influential in addressing sweeping gender bias in contemporary American literary publishing. Belieu formerly served as VIDA's co director, along with notable American poet Cate Marvin.

In August 2015, Belieu was one of 20 authors of Poets for Corbyn, an anthology of poems endorsing Jeremy Corbyn's the campaign in Labour Party leadership election.[6][7]

Awards and honors[edit]



  • Infanta. Copper Canyon Press. 1995. ISBN 9781556591013.
  • One Above and One Below. Copper Canyon Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1-55659-144-0.
  • Black Box. Copper Canyon Press. 2006. ISBN 978-1-55659-251-5.
  • Slant Six. Copper Canyon Press. 2014. ISBN 978-1-55659-471-7.

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Après moi 2013 Belieu, Erin (June 10–17, 2013). "Après moi". The New Yorker. Vol. 89, no. 17. p. 99.


As editor[edit]


  1. ^ "Erin Belieu". Erin Belieu. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  2. ^ "Saw Palm interview with Erin Belieu". Saw Palm: florida literature and art. Retrieved 2019-02-13.
  3. ^ "Erin Belieu: Professor". University of Houston. August 16, 2022. Retrieved August 29, 2022.
  4. ^ "Poems 1997 - A weekly poem, read by the author. - Slate Magazine". Archived from the original on 2011-07-16.
  5. ^ "VQR » the Last of the Gentlemen Heartbreakers". Archived from the original on July 3, 2009.
  6. ^ Bennetts, Russell (2015). Poets for Corbyn (PDF). Pendant Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9928034-5-2.
  7. ^ Bennetts, Russell (25 August 2015). "Yes we scan: Poets line up for Jeremy Corbyn". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 July 2017.

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