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
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.
in the M.F.A. program and the Residential College at the
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
To hear Kasischke read from her own work, please visit
the Vincent Voice Library, here.