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Laura Kasischke

USA flag (b.1961)

Laura Kasischke is an American fiction writer and American poet with poetry awards and multiple well reviewed works of fiction. Her work has received the Juniper Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Beatrice Hawley Award. She is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as several Pushcart Prizes.

Her novel The Life Before Her Eyes is the basis for the film of the same name, directed by Vadim Perelman, and starring Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood. Kasischke's work is particularly well-received in France, where she is widely read in translation. Her novel A moi pour toujours (Be Mine) was published by Christian Bourgois, and was a national best seller.

Kasischke attended the University of Michigan and Columbia University. She is also currently a Professor of English Language and of the Residential College at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She lives in Chelsea, Michigan, with her husband and son.

Genres: Mystery

   Wild Brides (poems) (1991)
   Housekeeping in a Dream (poems) (1995)
   Fire and Flower (poems) (1998)
   What It Wasn't (poems) (2002)
   Dance and Disappear (poems) (2002)
   Gardening in the Dark (poems) (2004)
   Lilies Without (poems) (2007)
   Space, In Chains (poems) (2011)
   If a Stranger Approaches (2013)
     aka If a Stranger Approaches You
   The Infinitesimals (poems) (2014)
   The World Was Me (poems) (2015)
   Where Now (poems) (2017)
   The Time Machine (poems) (2019)
   Lightning Falls in Love (poems) (2021)
Laura Kasischke recommends
Where the Line Bleeds (2008)
Jesmyn Ward
"Where the Line Bleeds is a rich, subtle, lyrical novel by an important new writer. Jesmyn Ward writes with a miniaturist's attention to detail, with dazzling elegance and precision, but is unwaveringly compassionate in her exploration of character and place. There is suspense here, along with keen insight—the qualities that keep the pages turning. But there is also poetry, and mystery—the qualities that cause the reader to linger in wonder."
Sugar Run (2019)
Mesha Maren
"Sugar Run is one of the most riveting novels I've read in years. How rare it is to find a writer who brings the reader so deeply into the physical world, letting her fully inhabit a place, a time, a character's physical being, while also propelling a plot forward with the kind of momentum not often found so perfectly wedded to such beautiful language, such languid and sensual and potent imagery . . . This is the debut of a major new voice, one who offers us a reality more vibrant than our reality, but honest, raw, and believable."

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