Elaine Mott

Author's Bio

Elaine Mott was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. She earned a Master's Degree in English, and another Master's Degree in Applied Linguistics from Queens College. She taught English as a Second Language at Nassau Community College on Long Island, before retiring with her husband to the Catskill Mountains in upstate NY. She passed away in 2009, but her work is being rediscovered by a new generation. A posthumous collection of her poetry, "Splitting the Velvet Dark," was just published by Casey Shay Press in March 2014. Elaine Mott's poems have a theme of reaching through the hardship and pain of everyday life to find beauty and moments of transcendence.

Publications and Prizes

Anthology of Magazine Verse & Yearbook of American Poetry
(Monitor Book Company, 1989)
, Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust
(Texas Tech University Press, 1991)
, Men and Women Together and Alone
(The Spirit That Moves Us Press, 1988)
, Red Flower
(The Crossing Press, 1988)
Abraxas, ART/LIFE, Cincinnati Poetry Review, Cream City Review, Cumberland Poetry Review, Cutbank, Earth's Daughters, High Plains Literary Review, Labyris, Midwest Quarterly, Miller's Pond, Negative Capability, Nimrod, Pacific Review, Peregrine, Phantasmagoria, Phoebe, Poet Lore, Raccoon, RHINO, Soundings East, Stone Canoe, The Ledge, The Louisville Review, The Madison Review, Whetstone, Yarrow
Prizes Won: 
2014 Mary Ballard Poetry Chapbook Prize; 1984 Honorable Mention for "Their Favorite Little Girl" in the Chester H. Jones National Poetry Competition; 1985 First Prize for "Early Frost" in the Yarrow Spring Poetry Contest judged by John Engels; 1983-1984 Third Prize for "Daedalus" in the Passaic County College Poetry Contest; 1985 'Featured Poet' in the Soundings East Spring issue; 1986 Summer Breadloaf Writers Conference, Bernard De Voto Scholar in Poetry.

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Last updated: Apr 18, 2014