Individual Author Record
Name: Elise PaschenPen Name: None Genre: Born: 1959 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionPaschen was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She attended the Francis W. Parker School. A former Frances Allen Fellow of the Newberry Library, Dr. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago .
Biographical and Professional InformationWhile an undergraduate at Harvard, Paschen was awarded the Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal and the Joan Grey Untermyer Poetry Prize. At Oxford University, where she received her Masters in Phil. and Doctorate in Phil. degrees in 20th Century British and American Literature, she co-founded Oxford Poetry.Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988 until 2001, she is the co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nation-wide program which places poetry posters in subways and buses. Paschen was the featured Illinois poet at the National Book Festival sponsored by the Library of Congress in September 2006. She currently serves as Poet Laureate of Three Oaks, Michigan.
- Houses: Coasts , Oxford: Sycamore Press, 1985
- Infidelities, Story Line, 1996
- Bestiary, Red Hen Press, 2009
Titles At Your Library
ISBN: 0906003091 Imprint unknown. 1985
Infidelities (Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize Library)
ISBN: 1885266286 Story Line Press. 1996 Book by Paschen, Elise
ISBN: 1597091316 Red Hen Press. 2009
“The poems in Elise Paschen’s Bestiary explore domestic preoccupations set against the backdrop of the wild-heartedness, real and imagined, of the animal world,” praises the poet Jason Shinder. In this modern-day Bestiary, or “Book of Beasts,” the line between animal and human is thinly-drawn – the daughter of a Celtic king, through love, is transformed from beast to humanlovers take flight as moon and owl manatees transform, before the explorers’ eyes, into mermaids. This dynamic runs throughout the collection: taking flight, hovering between air and earth, plunging, and then resurfacing from water. The poems create a constant engagement between what tethers us to our daily lives – marriage, motherhood, raising a family, the loss of parents in old age – and the desire for other worlds. Exploring notions of transformation, these poems cross thresholds between animal and human, between death and life.
Award-winning poet, Elise Paschen, creates in her third and most complex poetry collection, work which is elegant and passionate, preternaturally still and reckless all at once. Paschen displays a variety of form and nuance – from ghazals to long-lined free verse poems. Writing out of a distinct Western literary tradition, but tapping into her Native American (Osage) roots, Paschen celebrates the mythic, the unusual, the magical glimpsed in the everyday.