Mari L'Esperance

Author's Bio

Mari L'Esperance is a poet, writer, and editor who was born in Kobe, Japan to a Japanese mother and a French Canadian-New Englander father and raised in the Pacific Rim. Her publications include The Darkened Temple (winner of a Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry - U. of Nebraska Press), Begin Here (winner of a Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize), and Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine (co-edited with Tomás Q. Morín - Prairie Lights Books / U. of Iowa Press). A graduate of the Creative Writing Program at New York University, where she was a New York Times Company Foundation Creative Writing Fellow, Mari also holds an MA in Counseling Psychology and a BA in Journalism.

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)
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, Kyoto Journal, Many Mountains Moving, MiPOesias, Pequod, Poetry Kanto, Salamander, Soundings East, Worcester Review, Yomimono, Zocalo Public Square
Chapbook: 
Begin Here
(Sarasota Poetry Theater Press, 2000)
Prizes Won: 
Djerassi Resident Artists Program Residency Fellowship; Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry; Hedgebrook Residency Fellowship; Sarasota Poetry Theatre Press Chapbook Prize; New York Times Foundation Creative Writing Fellowship

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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Last updated: Jan 09, 2017