Rikki Ducornet

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Rikki Ducornet
Born Erica DeGre
(1943-04-19) April 19, 1943 (age 75)
Canton, New York
Occupation Novelist, poet, illustrator
Language English
Nationality American
Alma mater Bard College
Period 1984–present
Subject Sexuality, religion
Literary movement Surrealism, postmodernism
Spouse Guy Ducornet

Rikki Ducornet (/ˈrɪki dkɔːrˈn/; born Erica DeGre,[citation needed] April 19, 1943 in Canton, New York) is an American writer, poet, and artist.


Ducornet's father was a professor of sociology, and her mother hosted community-interest programs on radio and television. Ducornet grew up on the campus of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, in New York, earning a B.A. in Fine Arts from the same institution in 1964.[1] While at Bard she met Robert Coover and Robert Kelly, two authors who shared Ducornet's fascination with metamorphosis and provided early models of how fiction might express this interest. In 1972 she moved to the Loire Valley in France with her then husband, Guy Ducornet. In 1988 she won a Bunting Institute fellowship at Radcliffe. In 1989 she moved back to the United States after accepting a teaching position in the English Department at The University of Denver.[2] In 2007, she replaced retired Dr. Ernest Gaines as Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.[3]

Ducornet is the subject of the Steely Dan song "Rikki Don't Lose That Number." Steely Dan singer Donald Fagen had met her while both were attending Bard College. Ducornet says they met at a college party, and even though she was both pregnant and married at the time, he gave her his number. Ducornet was intrigued by Fagen and tempted to call him, but she decided against it.[4]



Short fiction collections
  • The Butcher's Tales (1980)
  • The Complete Butcher's Tales (1994)
  • The Word 'Desire' (1997)
  • The One Marvelous Thing (2008)
Anthologies edited
Children's books


  1. ^ Ducornet, "Class of '64," in Rikki Ducornet, ed. G. N. Forester and M. J. Nicholls (Singapore: Verbivoracious Press, 2015), p. 85
  2. ^ Gregory, Sindra. "Finding a Language: Introducing Rikki Ducornet" The Review of Contemporary Fiction Fall 1998.
  3. ^ "Writers-in-Residence". 1 September 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  4. ^ "The Burden of Strangeness: Rikki Ducornet". Retrieved 2 October 2017.
  5. ^ a b Sleeman, Elizabeth, ed. (2004) [1934]. International Who's Who of Authors and Writers (19th ed.). Europa Publications. p. 151. ISBN 1 85743 1790. ISSN 1740-018X.
  6. ^ Bernheimer, Kate (24 August 2010). "Horse, Flower, Bird". Coffee House Press. Retrieved 2 October 2017 – via Amazon.

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