Laura Kasischke

February 5, 1999

Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke has published six books of poetry, the most recent entitled Gardening in the Dark; as well as Fire & Flower, Wild Brides, What It Wasn't, and Dance and Disappear. She has also published three novels: Suspicious River, White Bird in a Blizzard, and The Life Before Her Eyes. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Juniper Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award. She has also been the recipient of fellowships awarded by the Ragdale Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the Resident Poet for The Frost Place in New Hampshire.


Kasischke teaches in the M.F.A. program and the Residential College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Her writing has appeared in Harper’s, The New Republic, The Iowa Review, and elsewhere.

"...intricately constructed, beautifully written... In less skillful hands Leila's would be just a depressing story about a very troubled young woman. Kasischke's writing endows it with universality and elevates it to tragedy. It's an amazing first novel." -- from the Boston Globe review of Suspicious River

To hear Kasischke read from her own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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