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We Must Live the Questions

Poetry is Life

We Must Live the Questions

Poetry is Life

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About Me

My Work

Elizabeth A.I. Powell is the author of three books of poems, including the forthcoming, ATOMIZER (LSU Press, 2020). Her second book of poems, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter: Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances  was named a “Books We Love 2016” by The New Yorker.  Her novel, Concerning the Holy Ghost's Interpretation of JCrew Catalogues, was published in 2019 in the U.K. 


Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Pushcart Prize Anthology, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cortland Review, Colorado Review, Ecotone, Electric Literature, Forklift, Ohio, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Mississippi Review, Seneca Review, Ploughshares, Plume, West Branch, and elsewhere.

She is Editor-in-Chief and Poetry Editor of Green Mountains Review, and Associate Professor and Chair of Writing and Literature at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.In 2020, she will be visiting faculty at the Oregon State University-Bend MFA program. 

My Community

Powell has lived in Vermont since 1989. She was born in NY, NY. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of North Carolina, Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the University of New Hampshire.

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Poetry is Physics is Life

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. 

--Rainer Maria Rilke

Elizabeth A.I. Powell

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