Elizabeth Twiddy


Syracuse, NY 13210

Author's Bio

Elizabeth Twiddy's first full-length collection of poems is Love-Noise (Standing Stone Books, 2010), the electronic version of which won the Gold Medal in Poetry from the eLit Book Awards. She won The Joyce Carol Oates Award for Poetry from Syracuse University, and four of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. To date, two of her poems have been featured on Garrison Keillor's NPR program, "The Writer's Almanac" and she is currently featured in an interview on "The Writer's Almanac Bookshelf". She has a chapbook, Zoo Animals in the Rain (Turtle Ink Press, 2009). Most recently, her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, POOL, The Alembic, H_NGM_N, the Australian journal Skive, and elsewhere. She is on faculty, teaching poetry workshops and literature courses at the Syracuse YMCA's Downtown Writer's Center. Twiddy has been commissioned by the Society for New Music to write the libretto for an opera about Matilda Joslyn Gage--a project with which she is currently engaged. Twiddy holds degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University at University Park, where she designed and synthesized a molecule that aids in cancer detection. She began a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Yale, then worked in research laboratories at the Dartmouth College Medical School before earning her MFA in Poetry at Syracuse University. She has taught writing and literature at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and at Le Moyne College, and has worked with students in the Syracuse City Schools on numerous projects, including the U.S. Poet Laureate Project, Literacy through Creative Expression. She lives in Syracuse, New York with her husband, the composer Edward Ruchalski, who has set a number of her poems to music for choir and for piano. For more, visit elizabethtwiddy.com.

Publications & Prizes

Big Energy Poets of the Anthropocene: When Ecopoets Think Climate Change (BlazeVOX books, 2016)
Love-Noise (Standing Stone Books, 2010)
Zoo Animals in the Rain (Turtle Ink Press, 2009)
Barrow Street
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Skive Magazine
Slush Pile
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Gold Medal for Poetry, e-Lit Book Awards 2010 Pushcart Prize nomination for “To Will:” from Redactions: Poetry & Poetics 2010 Pushcart Prize nomination for “Blood, Glass, Pigeons in the Bathtub” from Turtle Ink Press 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination for “Boys Leave the Farm at Dawn to Fight in the Civil War” from Turtle Ink Press 2009 Pushcart Prize nomination for “Moussaoui’s Mother” from Turtle Ink Press 2009 Residency as Poet in the Schools for the U.S. Poet Laureate Project, Literacy Through Creative Expression 2006 The Joyce Carol Oates Award for the best group of poems by a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program at Syracuse University 2005 Chancellor's Award for Public Service for my work teaching in the Creative Writing in the Community course at Syracuse University 2005 Creative Writing Fellowship, Syracuse University 2001 – 2002 Full Tuition Scholarships, Syracuse University 2001 – 2005 Fellowships from Columbia University's and New York University's MFA Programs for Creative Writing in Poetry 1997 Creative Writing Award from the Palmer Museum of Art for Poetry 1996

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Detroit, MI
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Last update: Mar 18, 2021