1990, 48 pages
Wholly original, Elizabeth Robinson's is an imagination of unusual resonance and indelible specificity. The pleasure in her poems is also their challenge, embracing a sense of play which in turn generates an extravagantly complex imagery through its willful deviance and layering.
Elizabeth Robinson grew up in southern California and was educated at Bard College, Brown University, and the Pacific School of Religion. She has taught at the University of San Francisco, the University of Colorado, and Naropa University. She was a visiting professor at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and twice served as the Hugo Fellow at the University of Montana. She currently teaches at the Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop in Denver and at Boulder Writers’ Studio.
Robinson is the author of sixteen books, most recently Rumor from Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. She has been the winner of the National Poetry Series for Pure Descent (Sun & Moon), and the Fence Modern Poets Prize for Apprehend. Robinson’s mixed genre meditation, On Ghosts, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry. In addition, Robinson has been recognized with grants and awards from the Fund for Poetry, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and the Boomerang Foundation. She has been awarded residencies at the MacDowell Colony, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Headlands Center for the Arts, the Bridwell Library at Southern Methodist University, and the Maison Dora Maar in Menerbes, France.
Robinson was a co-editor, with Colleen Lookingbill, of EtherDome Chapbooks, and, with Beth Anderson, Susanne Dyckman, and Laura Sims, of Instance Press. She was also an editor of the literary periodicals 26 and Pallasksch. Robinson is currently an associate editor of Tupelo Online Quarterly. With Jennifer Phelps, she co-edited the critical anthology Quo Anima: innovation and spirituality in contemporary women’s poetry (2019, University of Akron Press).
Currently, Robinson, who is ordained by the United Church of Christ, works as the Homeless Navigator for Boulder Municipal Court. She is married to the poet Randy Prunty.