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Jaclyn Piudik

Photo: Sarah Jones Photography 2017

Jaclyn Piudik is the author of To Suture What Frays (Kelsay Books 2017) and two chapbooks, Of Gazelles Unheard (Beautiful Outlaw 2013) and The Tao of Loathliness (fooliar press 2005/8).  A new chapbook, the corpus undone in the blizzard, is forthcoming from Espresso Chapbooks in fall 2019.  Jaclyn's poems have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals, including New American Writing, Columbia Poetry Review, Burning House, Barrow Street and Contemporary Verse 2.   She received a New York Times Fellowship for Creative Writing and the Alice M. Sellers Award from the Academy of American Poets. In 2018, Jaclyn's poem, "The Sum of Exterior Angles," was on the long list for the Vallum Poem of the Year Prize.  She has edited three collections of poetry for award winning Canadian publisher Book*hug.

Jaclyn hails from New York City and currently lives and works in Toronto.  She holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the City College of New York, completed under the supervision of Elaine Equi and Marilyn Hacker, as well as a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from the University of Toronto.  Jaclyn's Ph.D. dissertation, Hybridity in th 14th-Century Esther Poems of Israel Caslari, explores two sister texts, adaptations of the Book of Esther, composed in Provencal and Hebrew.  

Jaclyn teaches both creative and academic writing at the graduate, undergraduate and high school level.  She has taught poetry workshops in public schools through the Poetry Outreach Center and the Teachers' and Writers' Collaborative in New York and currently teaches Writer's Craft at a private Toronto high school.  She has also facilitated private workshops (as well as one on one teaching and coaching) on reading and writing poetry, translation and transcreation for various levels in both New York and Toronto.   

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To Suture What Frays. Kelsay Books, 2017
Of Gazelles Unheard. Beautiful Outlaw, 2013
The Tao of Loathliness. fooliar press, 2005, 2008 (second printing)
the corpus undone in the blizzard. Espresso Chapbooks, Forthcoming 2019


Jaclyn Piudik
New York Times Creative Writing Fellowship for New York Times, 2000
Rattapallax Literary Journal Poetry Competition: First Prize for Rattapallax, 1999
Alice M. Sellers Award for Academy of American Poets, 1999
Long list - Vallum Poem of the Year for Vallum Magazine, 2018
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Reading and writing poetry:

Learn how a poem works; explore the elements of craft and work with prompts.

A presentation can be focused on a particular poet or school of poetry or can serve as an introduction to the art and craft of poetry.  I can tailor the workshop to your needs and make it appropriate for any level.

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Variable: 30 min- 2 hours
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