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Mari L'Esperance

Author's Bio

Mari L'Esperance was born in Kobe, Japan to a Japanese mother and a French Canadian-American father and raised in the Pacific Rim. Her poems have been awarded a Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry (The Darkened Temple), a Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize (Begin Here), a New York Times Foundation Creative Writing Fellowship, two Pushcart Prize nominations, and residencies at Hedgebrook and Dorland Mountain Arts Colony. Her reviews and interviews of other poets have been published in Seattle’s International Examiner, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, and Pirene’s Fountain. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, she now lives in the Los Angeles area, where she works as a psychotherapist in private practice, writes, and occasionally facilitates poetry groups.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine (a collection of essays L'Esperance edited with Tomás Q. Morín) (Prairie Lights Books, 2013), The Darkened Temple (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)
Chapbooks:
Begin Here (Sarasota Poetry Theater Press, 2000)
Anthologies:
Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine (a collection of essays L'Esperance edited with Tomás Q. Morín) (Prairie Lights Books, 2013), Prairie Schooner Book Prize Tenth Anniversary Reader (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)
Journals:
Americas Review, Barnabe Mountain Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Connotation Press: An Online Artifact, International Poetry Review, Many Mountains Moving, Pequod, Poetry Kanto, Salamander, Soundings East, Worcester Review, Yomimono, Zocalo Public Square
Prizes:
Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize; New York Times Company Foundation Creative Writing Fellowship

Mari L'Esperance Resume

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Listing last updated: March 15, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
Mixed Race
Prefers to work with:
Adults
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Kobe, Japan

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