Gabrielle Calvocoressi is a poet and artist who lives in Old East Durham, North Carolina, and an associate professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They are the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea Books, 2005); Apocalyptic Swing (Persea Books, 2009), a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; and Rocket Fantastic (Persea Books, 2017), winner of the Audre Lorde Award for Lesbian Poetry. Calvocoressi’s work considers the effects of power, trauma, and compassion on the private and public body, particularly in relation to gender and the human vessel.
At Radcliffe, Calvocoressi will complete their fourth book of poems, “The New Economy.” They will also begin work on a book of essays/introspections on the lyric poem and the poetics of their genderless body as it enters middle age and reckons with its own relentless biology.
Calvocoressi is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University; a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award; a Lannan Residency Fellowship, in Marfa, Texas; the Bernard F. Conners Prize for Poetry from the Paris Review. Their poems have appeared in such magazines and journals as the Baffler, Boston Review, the Kenyon Review, the New York Times, the New Yorker, Poetry, and Tin House. They earned their MFA in poetry from Columbia University and a BA from Sarah Lawrence College.