L.S. Asekoff

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L.S. Asekoff
Born (1939-12-17) December 17, 1939 (age 78)
Waltham, Massachusetts, USA
Occupation Poet, Professor
Nationality American
Period Contemporary
Notable awards Guggenheim Fellowship, Witter Bynner, National Endowment for the Arts, New York Foundation for the Arts, Fund for Poetry, Jerome Shestack Prize
Partner Mary Louise Kalin

Louis S. Asekoff (born December 17, 1939) is an American poet and professor emeritus. Asekoff often incorporates surrealist imagery and monologue[1] into his poetry, which is concerned with both the imagistic and aural dimensions of language. Asekoff's unconventional use of monologue as a poetic instrument is suggestive of "the inability of words to properly convey meaning" and a vehicle for implicating the readers who become "members of his poetic universe." [2] In 2012, Poet laureate Philip Levine, who selected Asekoff for the Witter Bynner Poetry Prize, described Asekoff as "a true surreal visionary."[3]

Asekoff taught poetry and coordinated the MFA Poetry Program at Brooklyn College for 42 years, where he also served as a Faculty Associate for The Wolfe Institute for Humanities.[4][5]


Asekoff was born in Waltham, Massachusetts, a small industrial city near Boston. The son of a psychiatrist, he grew up on the grounds of the psychiatric hospitals Danvers State and Metropolitan State Hospital.[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Dreams of a Work (1994, Orchises Press)
  • North Star (1997, Orchises Press)
  • The Gate of Horn (2010, Triquarterly)
  • Freedom Hill: a poem (2011, Triquarterly).

Selected Poems Online[edit]

Selected Awards[edit]

  • Guggenheim Fellowship, Poetry, 2013[4]
  • Witter Bynner Fellowship, 2012 [6]
  • Pushcart, 2011 [7]
  • NEA Literature Fellowship Recipient, 1997 [8]
  • NYFA Fellowship, Poetry, 1997 [9]
  • Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize, 1993[10]
  • Fund for Poetry[5]


  1. ^ Kaufman, Ellen (2012). "Freedom Hill: A Poem [Review]". Library Journal. 137 (1): 107.
  2. ^ Goykadosh, Bracha. "Freedom Hill." Booklist 108.7 (2011): 10. MasterFILE Complete. Web. 19 Aug. 2015.
  3. ^ "Poet Laureate Chooses L.S. Asekoff and Sheila Black for Witter Bynner Award and Reading, April 5". News from the Library of Congress. Library of Congress. March 8, 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "L.S. Asekoff". Guggenheim Foundation. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Three Brooklyn College English Faculty Win 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships". Brooklyn College News. Brooklyn College. April 18, 2013. Retrieved 15 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Witter Bynner Fellowships". Library of Congress, Poetry and Literature Center. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  7. ^ Kellogg, Carolyn (May 12, 2010). "Some of the Pushcart Winners for 2011" (LA Times Blog). LA Times. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  8. ^ "NEA Literature Fellowships: 40 Years of Supporting Writers [pamphlet]" (PDF). NEA Office of Communications. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  9. ^ "Past Fellows". New York Foundation for the Arts. New York Foundation for the Arts. Retrieved 19 August 2015.
  10. ^ The Editors (1994). "Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prizes for 1993". American Poetry Review. 23 (6): 3–5. JSTOR 27781614.

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