Erin Belieu

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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, Boston University, Kenyon College, and Ohio University. She now teaches in the highly ranked MFA/Ph.D. Creative Writing Program at Florida State University.[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]

  • 1994 National Poetry Series, for Infanta, selected by Hayden Carruth
  • chosen for the Rona Jaffe Fellowship
  • Ohioana Award
  • Society of Midland Authors Award
  • invited to read at the Library of Congress by former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky
  • 2007 finalist for the Los Angeles Times book award in poetry for Black Box



  • Infanta. Copper Canyon Press. 1995.
  • 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. 89 (17): 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.
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  5. ^ [1] Archived July 3, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  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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