Dear friends and colleagues,
It is now official, I have been named Maine's Literary Fellow for 2010 for My Life as a Doll, published by Autumn House Press in 2008. It is a tremendous honor, one that carries a
$13,000 award. I am terrifically grateful and very happy to share my news with all of you.
There will be an event celebrating Maine's four Artist Fellows, one in each discipline, on
October 29th in Bangor, Maine. If you would like an invitation, kindly send me your mailing address and I will add it to the list.
With great cheer!
Elizabeth Kirschner, from Kittery Point, is the 2011 Maine Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellow. Her award for artistic excellence was based on the submission of a series of poems titled My Life as a Doll. Elizabeth Kirschner was selected from among 90 applications in all literary genres. The out of state jury, responded to Kirschners’ original voice and courageous, almost feverish inquiry. For more info click below:
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Autumn House has nominated My Life as a Doll for the Lenore Marshall Prize from the Academy of American Poets. The winner receives $25,000 and national publicity.
"My Life as a Doll"
Published by Autumn House press
My life as a doll
was a life of waiting__hours
reeled like pinwheels, days
passed like wind blown
through black holes, weeks
hung heavy as headstones
The God took a knife
cut me into pure pain,
alive amid birds
wilding in the grapevine
while my dreams angled
into me like hooks, dragging me
away from Mother
into a world
he forget to bless.
Elizabeth Kirschner has published five books of poetry, most recently, My Life as a Doll, brought out by Autumn House in 2008 and nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize, followed by Surrender to Light, Cherry Grove Editions, 2009.
She taught at Boston College, at varying degrees, for seventeen years and has collaborated with many classical composers who have set her poetry to music for both national and international venues. Three CDs contain her work, all by Albany Records: The Dichterliebe in Four Seasons, Schumann/Kirschner, New Dawn, Cooman/Kirschner and The Revelations of Divine Love, an oratorio by Cooman for which Kirschner wrote the finale. This latter CD has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.
Kirschner lives on the water in Kittery Point, Maine.
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I’m happy to announce that I am now offering a mentorship program called:
WISE EYE: CREATING POETRY THAT SOARS
My intention is to nurture poems and poem manuscripts at all stages and ages by taking a deep look into the heart and spirit of each piece, then contemplate upon the whole here in my home at Sea Cabin Retreat in Kittery Point and then respond fully and wisely to the work in either one-on-one sessions or via written correspondence sent through the mail.
Author of four books of poetry with the latest being My Life as a Doll, which was published by Autumn House Press and nominated for the Lenore Marshall Prize given by the Academy of American Poets, I have extensive teaching experience. I taught for seventeen years at Boston College and prior to that brought poetry into the classrooms of many New Hampshire schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. I also taught as part of Very Special Arts.
For more information, please visit my website at: www.elizabethkirschner.com
or write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. All are welcome to query.