Elizabeth Willis


"Self-Portrait with Imaginary Brother," "Oil and Water"
Company, Issue 2

Elizabeth Willis’s most recent book is Alive: New and Selected Poems (New York Review Books, 2015), which was a 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. Her other books of poetry include Address (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), recipient of the PEN New England / L. L. Winship Prize for Poetry; Meteoric Flowers (Wesleyan University Press, 2006); Turneresque (Burning Deck, 2003); The Human Abstract (Penguin, 1995); and Second Law (Avenue B, 1993). She also writes about contemporary poetry and has edited a volume of essays entitled Radical Vernacular: Lorine Niedecker and the Poetics of Place (University of Iowa Press, 2008). A recent Guggenheim fellow, she has held residencies at Brown University, the MacDowell Colony, the Ucross Foundation, and the Centre International de Poésie, Marseille, and has been a visiting poet at University of Denver, Naropa University, and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has been the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence at Mills College and the Shapiro-Silverberg Professor of Creative Writing at Wesleyan University and currently serves as Professor of Poetry at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.