Alifair Skebe


State University of New York, University at Albany Department of English
Albany, NY 12222

Author's Bio

Alifair Skebe is a poet, visual artist, and author of the poetry collection Thin Matter (Foothills Publishing 2016); the long poem “El Agua Es la Sangre de la Tierra”/water is the blood of the earth (written in English) (Finishing Line Press 2008); and a book of poems and collage, text-art postcards Love Letters: Les Cartes Postales (Basilisk Press 2004). Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including (em), *eratio, Interim, RHINO, The Cape Rock, and So to Speak. She holds a Ph.D. in American Poetry and Poetics from the University at Albany, an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Women's Studies, Poetry, Anthropology) from the University of North Texas, and a B.A. in English Literature from the University of North Texas. She teaches English/Writing in the Educational Opportunity Program at the University at Albany and lives in Albany, NY with her husband.

from "The Wedding Moon Stone":

"Her hair is long, so long they say,
hair of down down down
the eyes of a thousand drunken sailors
drowned at the stern, the gilt ring
around the half-cut bubble Aphrodite bore
out of the sea. She is a song.
She is a folk tale streaming with ribbons
May pole around her neck, old tea bags,
dirty dish towels—all pink, all swollen."
published in Philament

from "The Momentous Life of a Drip of Paint":

"the city is drowning
the oceans are drowning with fish
the fish are breathing
my breath"

(published in em)

Publications & Prizes

El Aqua Es La Sangre De La Tierra: The Water Is the Blood of the Earth (Finishing Line Press, 2008)
Love Letters: Les Cartes Postales (Double artist's chapbook) (Basilisk Press, 2004)
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Chronogram Magazine
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Literary Mama
Louisiana Review
Poems and Plays: Middle Tennessee State Univ
Rhino Magazine
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Sulphur River Literary Review
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Underground Voices

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Lake Charles, LA
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Last update: Sep 29, 2016