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Laura Elrick

Associate Professor


Laura Elrick is interested in the capacities of poetry to denaturalize the structures of everyday life and to imagine new forms of relation. Their most recent full-length collection What This Breathing was published by The Elephants in 2020. Previous books include PropagationFantasies in Permeable Structures, and Skincerity, as well as the chaplet Excerpts from ‘Permeable Structures: A Performance Essay in Stereo’. Laura has also written and directed several psychogeographical performance works, including Blocks Away (2010) and Stalk (2008), as well as an audio work, Five Pieces for Doubled Voice (2005). Their essay “Poetry, Ecology and the Reappropriation of Lived Space” has appeared in several anthologies, including Viz. Inter-Arts Intervention: A Trans-Genre Anthology and the Eco Language Reader. Various poetry and prose has been translated into French, Spanish, Finnish and Norwegian.

From Laura: I enjoy working with students on many dimensions of the writing process: from exploring the possibilities of new projects, to deepening an articulation of vision in works that are already in process, and of course, fine-tuning nearly finished works. I take particular delight in considering meaningful form, in discovering relationships between literary form and social/personal embodiment, and in asking useful contextual questions (aesthetic, philosophical, political). My primary interests lie in poetry and performance.

BA, Media and Communication, University of Southern California; MA, Liberal Studies, The Graduate Center, CUNY, Thesis: “Affective Disobedience: Constructing Poetic Practice as Public Intervention”