Colette Inez


Author's Bio

Colette Inez, of French origins, was Belgian-born and reared in a Catholic Home for Children in Brussels. She was brought to the U.S. as a youngster just before the outbreak of World War II. After graduating from Hunter College in 1961, she taught in public and private schools in New York City, as well as in Poets-in-the-Schools programs. She has since authored eleven books of poetry and a memoir, been published in more than one-hundred anthologies and textbooks, and presented her work in over 110 colleges and universities. Formerly a long-time teacher at Columbia University, she also taught at Cornell, Ohio, Bucknell, the New School and Colgate universities. Inez instructed at leading writer's conferences, written essays, short stories, librettos and reviews, judged many poetry prize contests and appeared on public radio and TV. Her papers can now be accessed at the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center of Boston University. The "Academy of American Poets Colette Inez Poetry Prize" is today awarded annually to talented liberal arts college students. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, a freelance writer and columnist.

Publications and Prizes

Alive and Taking Names
(Ohio University Press, 1980)
, Clemency
(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1998)
, Eight Minutes from the Sun
(Saturday Press, 1990)
, Family Life
(Story Line Press, 1992)
, For Reasons of Music
(Ion Books, 1994)
, Getting Underway: New & Selected Poetry
(Story Line Press, 1993)
, Horseplay
(Word Press, 2011)
, Spinoza Doesn't Come Here Anymore
(Melville House Publications, 2004)
, The Luba Poems
(Red Hen Press, 2015)
, The Secret of M. Dulong
(University of Wisconsin Press, 2005)
, The Way Home: On the Poetry of Colette Inez
(Word Press, 2003)
, The Woman Who Loved Worms
(Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1991)
After Confession: Poetry as Autobiography
(Graywolf Press, 2001)
, Ecstatic Occasions, Expedient Forms
(Macmillan, 1996)
, Fathers
(St. Martin's Press, 1997)
, How to Write Poetry
(Prentice Hall, 1990)
, International Anthology of Women Poets
(Dial Press, 1994)
, Love Rise Up
(Benu Press, 2012)
, Never Before
(Four Way Books, 2007)
, Poems to Live By in Uncertain Times
(Beacon Press, 2001)
, Poetry Daily Essentials
(Sourcebooks, Inc., 2007)
, Poetry for Students
(Gale Research Company, 2015)
, Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English
(Wesleyan University Press, 2000)
, Sustenance & Desire
(David R. Godine, 2004)
, Tangled Vines
(Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1992)
, The Art and Craft of Poetry
(Writer's Digest Books, 1994)
, The Paradelle
(Red Hen Press, 2005)
, Traveler's Vade Mecum
(Red Hen Press, 2016)
, Verse, Universe
(Milkweed Editions, 1999)
, , 2 Bridges Review, A Public Space, Alaska Quarterly Review, American Literary Review, American Poetry Review, American Voice, American Writing, Antioch Review, Asheville Poetry Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Boulevard, Caliban, California Quarterly, Chicago Review, Chicago Tribune, Colorado Review, Columbia Magazine, Confrontation, Connecticut Review, Crazy Horse, Epoch, Epos, Gargoyle Magazine, Georgia Review, Gettysburg Review, Green Mountains Review, Hanging Loose, Helicon Nine, Hollins Critic, Hotel Amerika, Hudson Review, Iowa Review, Kansas Quarterly, Kenyon Review, Literary Review, Margie, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mid-American Review, Midwest Quarterly, Missouri Review, Mobius, New American Writing, New England Review, New Letters, The New York Quarterly, New York Times, North American Review, Notre Dame Review, Paris Review, Parnassus, Partisan Review, Pembroke Magazine, Per Contra, Pleiades, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, Poetica Magazine, Poetry, Poetry Australia, Poetry Daily, Poetry Digest, Poetry Northwest, Prairie Schooner, Puerto del Sol, Quarter After Eight, Salmagundi, Shenandoah, Smartish Pace, Southern Poetry Review, Southwest Discovery, Subtropics, Tar River Poetry Review, The American Voice, The Humanist, The Massachusetts Review, The Nation, The New Republic, Tin House, Verse Daily, Virginia Quarterly Review, Volt, Wisconsin Review, Xanadu, Yale Review
Greatest Hits
(Pudding House Publications, 2001)
Prizes Won: 
Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship (1986); two National Endowment for the Arts Awards (1974, 88), Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1980); two Pushcart Prizes (1986, 98); Ellipsis Editor's Annual Award for Non-fiction (2005); New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship (1975); Great Lakes Colleges Association National First Book Award (1973); three Poetry Society of America prizes: Reedy Memorial Award (1973), Kreymborg Award (1975), Consuelo Ford Award (1971), Gale Arons Poet/Center of Research for Women/Tulane University Award (2003),Grand Prize for Memoir, Memoir Magazine (2011), Gretchen Osgood Warren Award, New England Poetry Society Award (1969), Rochester Festival of Religious Arts Award (1969), National League of American Pen Women Poetry Award (1962).

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Last updated: Dec 29, 2016