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Arielle Greenberg

Arielle Greenberg Arielle Greenberg writes poetry, creative nonfiction, scholarship and literary criticism, with a focus on innovative poetics, contemporary literature by younger writers, gender politics and cultural studies—and often the places where those interests intersect. She is the co-author, with Rachel Zucker, of the hybrid-genre Home/Birth: A Poemic (1913 Press, 2011), and author of the poetry collections My Kafka Century (Action Books, 2005), Given (Verse, 2002) and the chapbooks Shake Her (Dusie Kollektiv, 2009) and Farther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials (New Michigan, 2003; to be republished by Ugly Duckling Presse in 2012).

Greenberg’s poetry has also been collected and translated into German by Ron Winkler as Stadt aus Papier (“City of Paper”) with photo illustrations by Matthea Harvey (LuxBooks, 2008). She is co-editor of three anthologies: with Rachel Zucker, Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days (Iowa, 2010); Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections (Iowa, 2008); and with Lara Glenum, Gurlesque (Saturnalia, 2010).

Greenberg’s theory of the Gurlesque, a third wave feminist avant garde aesthetic, is being employed by critics and scholars both in America and abroad. Greenberg’s poems have been featured in many anthologies, including twice in the Best American Poetry, and she writes a regular column on contemporary poetics for the American Poetry Review. She is the former recipient of a MacDowell Colony fellowship and a Saltonstall Individual Artist Grant. Greenberg is also a birth activist and the founder-moderator of the poet-moms listserv. In 2011 she left a tenured position in poetry at Columbia College Chicago to move with her family to a small town in rural Maine, where she now teaches out of her home.