Vermont Arts Council

The People’s Choice Award: Stacie Cassarino

Stacie Cassarino

Stacie Cassarino’s most recent collection of poems, Each Luminous Thing, won the Lexi Rudnitsky Editor’s Choice Award and will be published by Persea Books in 2023. She is the author of Zero at the Bone (2009), which received a Lambda Literary Award and the Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award, and a critical work, Culinary Poetics and Edible Images in Twentieth-Century American Literature (2018). She is a recipient of the 92Y “Discovery”/The Nation prize and an Astraea Foundation Writers’ Fund Grant, and was a finalist for the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Kenyon Review, Agni, Gulf Coast, The New Republic, and elsewhere.

Grant funds would be used to produce and complete my third book of poems.

Project description

This book of poems is an important project because so rarely are we given witness/representation/insight into the experiences of queer solo mothers who are also navigating desire, identity, sexuality; who are holding the sorrows of loneliness and possibilities for reconnections in love. This is work that at its core explores the poetics of silence. An audience will connect through this work ultimately in its publication, and through live readings.

Media Sample 1

Selection from proposed project (poems). “These are new poems (presenting new themes I’m exploring) that provide an idea of the work I hope to continue as I complete a 3rd book of poems.”

Media Sample 2

Selection from Each Luminous Thing, selection from Zero at the Bone. “I think it’s important to present a selection of work form my first two books which has until now defined me as a poet.”

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Acadia Klepeis August 4, 2023