Paisley Rekdal

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Paisley Rekdal
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OccupationProfessor, University of Utah, Goddard College
Alma materUniversity of Washington (BA)
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (MA)
University of Michigan (MFA)
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Paisley Rekdal is an American poet.

Early life and education[edit]

She grew up in Seattle and graduated from the universities of Washington, Toronto, and Michigan.[1]


She teaches at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, and at Goddard College's low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program in Port Townsend, Washington.[2][3]

Her work appeared in Black Warrior Review, Denver Quarterly, Michigan Quarterly Review, Narrative Magazine,[4] Nerve, New England Review,[5] The New York Times Magazine, NPR,[6] Ploughshares,[7][8] Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West,[9] The Virginia Quarterly Review,[10] and Blackbird.[11]

She was appointed Poet Laureate of Utah in May 2017.[12]

In 2018, Rekdal was awarded the Narrative Prize for a trilogy of poems, “Quiver,” “Telling the Wasps,” and “The Olive Tree at Vouves,” which combine "Keatsian lyricism with a mortal questioning of the nature of memory in the modern age."[13]


  • A Crash of Rhinos. University of Georgia Press. 2000. ISBN 978-0-8203-2273-5.
  • Six Girls Without Pants, Eastern Washington University Press, 2002, ISBN 9780910055826
  • The Invention of the Kaleidoscope. University of Pittsburgh Press. 25 February 2007. ISBN 978-0-8229-9083-3.
  • Animal Eye. University of Pittsburgh Press. 26 February 2012. ISBN 978-0-8229-7838-1.[14][15]
  • Nightingale. Copper Canyon Press. 7 May 2019. ISBN 978-1-5565-9567-7


  1. ^ "Paisley Rekdal". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. ^ "PAISLEY REKDAL". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  3. ^ "2007 Faculty".
  4. ^ "Paisley Rekdal". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  5. ^ ""When It Is Over It Will Be Over"" (PDF). 2014. Retrieved 2019-08-08.
  6. ^ "NewsPoet: Paisley Rekdal Writes The Day In Verse". 10 July 2012. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Read By Author". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Bats". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Paisley Rekdal, "Canzone"". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  10. ^ "Paisley Rekdal". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  11. ^ "Paisley Rekdal, Blackbird". Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  12. ^ "U. professor named Utah poet laureate". Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  13. ^ "Paisley Rekdal Wins 2018 Narrative Prize". Narrative Magazine. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  14. ^ Phillips, Emilia (Summer 2013). "Becoming Feral: a Review of Paisley Rekdal's Animal Eye". Kenyon Review. Retrieved 19 February 2014. Animal Eye reminds us that we don’t know the limits of empathy, that we can’t presume we’re the only beings who recognize the familiar in another’s gaze. What we recognize as familiar continually changes as we change, and we change by looking. And what is looking but the taking in of reflected light?
  15. ^ Farmer, Jonathan (April 1, 2012). "Beauty and Violence". Slate. Retrieved 19 February 2014. In acknowledging the disappointing facts of our existence and singing her way into its amazement, she has created poetry that lives alongside the misery we sometimes witness—and sometimes cause.

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