Michigan Writers Series

Poet Laura Kasischke

February 5, 1999

Laura Kasischke


Laura Kasischke's poetry and prose have won critical acclaim in the world of literature. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, including the Pushcart Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award. She has also been the recipient of fellowships awarded by the Ragdale Foundation, the MacDowell Colony and the National Endowment for the Arts. Kasischke holds an MFA from the University of Michigan and teaches creative writing at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor.

"...intricately constructed, beautifully written... In less skillful hands Leila's would be just a depressing story about a very troubled young woman. Kasischke's writing endows it with universality and elevates it to tragedy. It's an amazing first novel." -- from the Boston Globe review of Suspicious River.

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