Laurie Sheck is the author of four books of poems, including Black Series (Knopf, 2001) and The Willow Grove (Knopf, 1996), a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Sheck is a member of the MFA Faculty at New School University in New York City.
At Radcliffe, she will be working on a book-length series of poems titled “Captivity” that interacts, in part, with Gerard Manley Hopkins’s letters and journals. Emily Dickinson’s sentence, “We Thank thee Oh Father, for these strange Minds that enamor us against thee” is also a guiding force in the book, as is Gertrude Stein’s phrase “be within be within in.” In addition, Sheck is writing a hybrid work entitled “Mutiny: A Meditation” and a book-length poem that is partly a response to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Sheck has been awarded grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation, among others.