Elise Paschen


Elise Paschen, Osage, Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988 to 2001, is the cofounder of "Poetry in Motion," a nationwide program that places poetry posters in subways and buses, reaching more than 10 million people a day with poetry. While an undergraduate at Harvard, she received the Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal and the Joan Grey Untermyer Poetry Prize. After graduation from Harvard, she attended Oxford University where she received her M.Phil. and D.Phil. in English Literature. She is the co-founder of Oxford Poetry and has been a guest editor of Poetry Magazine's special issue on contemporary British poets. She is the author of Infidelities (Story Line, 1996), winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts (Oxford: Sycamore Press, 1985). She is coeditor of Poetry in Motion (Norton, 1996) and Poetry Speaks (Sourcebooks, 2001). A former Frances Allen Fellow of the Newberry Library, Dr. Paschen currently teaches in the Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Writing available online

Elise reading at the 2006 National Book Festival RealAudio Required
Two Standards
The Other Mother (below Incantation)


Elise received the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize from Story Line Press for her book Infidelities. She has received the Richard Selig Poetry Prize while at Oxford University, the Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal and the Joan Grey Untermyer Poetry Prize while an undergraduate at Harvard.

Books by Elise Paschen or containing her work       icon

Poetry Speaks to Children, Elise Paschen (Editor),
Sourcebooks MediaFusion. [CD included]
Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast: 120 Poems from the Subways and Buses
Co-Editor with Brett Fletcher Lauer, W.W. Norton & Co.
Poetry Speaks:Hear Great Poets Read Their Work from Tennyson to Plath
Co-Editor with Rebekah Presson Mosby, Sourcebooks.
Infidelities, Story Line Press. (Hardcover)
Poetry in Motion : 100 Poems from the Subways and Buses, edited with
Molly Peacock and Neil Neches, W W Norton & Co.
Barnes & Noble page on the book
Announcement from Poets and Writers' News on the publication of this book
Houses : Coasts, Oxford: Sycamore Press.

Anthologies       icon

The Poetry Anthology, 1912-2002: Ninety Years of America's Most Distinguished Verse Magazine,
Joseph Parisi & Stephen Young (Editors), Ivan R Dee.
Illinois Voices: An Anthology of Twentieth-Century Poetry,
Kevin Stein & G. E. Murray (Editors), Univ. Illinois Press.
Ravishing Disunities: Real Ghazals in English,
Shahid Ali Agha (Editor), Wesleyan University Press.
Reinventing the Enemy's Language : Contemporary Native Women's Writing of North America
(Edited by Joy Harjo and Gloria Bird), W.W. Norton.
Lights, Camera, Poetry! : American Movie Poems, the First Hundred Years,
Jason Shinder & Ruth Greenstein (Editors), Harvest Books.
Unleashed : Poems by Writers' Dogs, Amy Hempel & Jim Shepard (Editors),
Crown Pub.
A Formal Feeling Comes : Poems in Form by Contemporary Women,
Annie Finch (Editor), Story Line Press.
Returning the Gift: Poetry and Prose from the First North American Native Writers' Festival
(Sun Tracks Books, No 29) University of Arizona Press.


Yeats's Revisions of His Female Personae Poems, Ph.D. dissertation, Oxford University

Published Interviews with Elise       icon

Excerpts from an interview with Gloria Brame to appear in the Winter 1998 issue of
Eclectic Literary Forum Magazine

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This is an "official" site in that this page was constructed with the assistance and active collaboration of the poet, Elise Paschen.

© 2002 Elise Paschen and Karen Strom.

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