Joanie Mackowski

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Joanie V. Mackowski (born 1963 in Illinois) is an American poet.


She grew up in Connecticut. She graduated from Wesleyan University, the University of Washington, was a Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, and from University of Missouri with a Ph.D.[1]

She taught at University of Cincinnati.[2] She was an editor at Reconfigurations.[3]

Her work has appeared in Prairie schooner,[4] Antioch Review,[5] and Best American Poetry 2007.



  • "Bad Annunciation", Slate, Sept. 4, 2007
  • "Ants". Poetry. April 2000.
  • "Iceberg Lettuce". Poetry. January 1999.
  • "One Afternoon". Poetry. July–August 2007.
  • "Tea Party". Poetry. July 2006.
  • The Zoo. University of Pittsburgh Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8229-5768-3.
  • View from a Temporary Window, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010, ISBN 0-8229-6055-9



Here's wildness and art, in right proportion: the wildness is surprise without swagger; the art is graceful and mostly disappearing, and otherwise a little extravagant. As in the case of jugglery (another of Joanie Mackowski's mastered arts), loopiness is nothing without the catch. Dropped clubs, flat cakes, flat notes--where but in poetry is a native gift for clumsiness, sedulously conserved, so praised? [8]


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