2000, 68 pages
In House Made of Silver, Elizabeth Robinson uses spare, elegant language to explore spiritual themes in a manner evocative of the compressed intensity of Emily Dickinson. Within the architecture of daily domestic scenes, a complex world is revealed to the reader. As with "condensation on that vessel that was not a glass" or "maps sewn with leaves," Robinson sculpts intricate and interior spaces.
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.