Mari L'Esperance

Poet

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 & Prizes

Anthologies:
Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine (a collection of essays co-edited with Tomás Q. Morín) (Prairie Lights Books, 2013)
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Prairie Schooner Book Prize Tenth Anniversary Reader (University of Nebraska Press, 2013)
Books:
Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine (a collection of essays co-edited with Tomás Q. Morín) (Prairie Lights Books, 2013)
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The Darkened Temple (University of Nebraska Press, 2008)
Chapbook:
Begin Here (Sarasota Poetry Theater Press, 2000)
Journals:
Americas Review
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Barnabe Mountain Review
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Connotation Press: An Online Artifact
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International Poetry Review
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Kyoto Journal
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Many Mountains Moving
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MiPOesias
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Pequod
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Yomimono
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Zocalo Public Square
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

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 update: May 22, 2019