Individual Author Record
Name: Charlotte PencePen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: Sites:
Illinois ConnectionPence is a professor of English at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.
Biographical and Professional InformationCharlotte Pence's poetry merges the personal with the scientific by engaging with current evolutionary theory. Her first full-length poetry collection, Many Small Fires, explores her father's chronic homelessness while simultaneously detailing the physiological changes that enabled humans to form cities, communities, and households. A professor of English and creative writing at Eastern Illinois University, she is also the author of two award-winning poetry chapbooks including [http://www.amazon.com/The-Branches-Missing-Charlotte-Pence/dp/098287667X/ref=pd_sim_sbs_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=1B4EV268B0TG86H4DZ8B The Branches, The Axe, The Missing,] and the editor of [http://www.amazon.com/Poetics-American-Song-Lyrics-Music/dp/1617031917/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1420216756&sr=1-1&keywords=poetics+of+american+song+lyrics%2C+pence The Poetics of American Song Lyrics]. Her poetry has recently been published in Alaska Quarterly Review, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Poetry Anthology.
- The Writer's Path: Creative Exercises for Meaningful Essays , Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2007
- Many Small Fires, Black Lawrence Press , 2015
Titles At Your Library
THE WRITER'S PATH: CREATIVE EXERCISES FOR MEANINGFUL ESSAYS
ISBN: 0757510868 Kendall Hunt Publishing. 2004 Book by Charlotte Pence
Many Small Fires
ISBN: 1625579187 Black Lawrence Press. 2015 Poetry. "In this marvelous debut collection, Charlotte Pence provides us with all the pleasures of poetic tension. We have the pull of narrative and the flares of the lyric, the graceful rhythm of blank verse and the thrill of innovative forms, the contest for survival both between a father and a daughter and between Homo Sapiens and other species within our genus. The poems explore the idea of survival, not only the survival of a speaker who transcends a precarious childhood but, for example, a 'juvenile male bear with his head stuck in a plastic Walmart candy jar' who 'learned to drink by laying down in shallow streams.' In language that is sometimes word-crunchy and dense, sometimes delightfully simple ('In her small life, she is happier than before'), Pence's MANY SMALL FIRES is a beautiful, necessary book. Come, warm your hands."—Beth Ann Fennelly