University of Iowa

Dorothy Barresi

Dorothy Barresi is the author of five books of poetry: What We Did While We Made More Guns (Univ. of Pittsburgh Press, 2018); American Fanatics; Rouge Pulp; The Post-Rapture Diner, winner of an American Book Award; and All of the Above, winner of the Barnard College New Women Poet’s Prize. She is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Emily Clark Balch Prize from Virginia Quarterly Review, and Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her essays on contemporary poetry have appeared regularly in The Gettysburg Review, and her poems have been published in numerous literary journals including Hotel Amerika, Conduit, American Journal of Poetry, Chaparral, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, Volt, Pool, and New Ohio Review. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at California State University, Northridge, and lives in Los Angeles.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 14 to July 19 2019
Instructor(s): 
Dorothy Barresi

One of the most exciting, crucial currents in poetry today is the ascendancy of identity poetics: that is, poems that explore, in boundless ways, a speaker’s individual self as a political site, diversely inhabited, self-mapped, and always moving toward discovery. In this workshop, built on mutual respect and the belief that each of us owns our unique story, “political” is not a term of party allegiances in turbulent times; rather, it is an inclusive term acknowledging that all poems arise out of their particular cultural and historical moment.