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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maureen Seaton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Elizabeth, NJ

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Illinois Connection

Seaton taught Poetry as artist-in-residence at Columbia College in Chicago and on the core facilities of the MFA at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maura Seaton is a poet and teacher of poetry, literary collage, and collaboration. She earned an MFA from Vermont College in 1996. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Miami and and writes about poets and the valuable damage they do in the world at Almost Dorothy's "Glit Lit:" []. Her work has appeared in ''The Best American Poetry'', ''The Atlantic Monthly'', ''Paris Review'', ''New Republic'', ''Green Mountains Review'', ''Indiana ''Review'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''Bloom'', ''Quarter after Eight'','' The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and many other publications both on and off line.

Published Works

  • Fear of Subways, Eight Mountain, 1993
  • The Sea Among the Cupboards, New River Press, 1996
  • Furious Cooking, University of Iowa Press, 1996
  • Little Ice Age, Invisible Cities Press, 2001
  • Venus Examines Her Breast, Carnegie Mellon University, 2004
  • Sex Talks To Girls: A Memoir, University of Wisconsin Press, 2008
  • Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen, Carnegie Mellon, 2009
  • American Loves Carney: Poems, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, 2009
  • Genetics, CreateSpace, 2012
  • Fibonacci Batman: New and Selected Poems (1991-2011), Carnegie Mellon, 2013

Selected Titles At Your Library

Fear of subways /
ISBN: 0933377150. OCLC Number:

Eighth Mountain Press,. Portland, Or. :. 1991.

The sea among the cupboards :
ISBN: 0898231345. OCLC Number:

New Rivers Press ;. Minneapolis :. 1992.

Furious cooking :
ISBN: 0877455414. OCLC Number:

University of Iowa Press,. Iowa City, IA :. ©1996.

By turns chic, romantic, sardonic, droll, seductive, and in your face, Maureen Seaton is a cornucopia of attitudes and styles, a street-smart, deeply talented woman who wryly contemplates the charades that the self and the world assume - and how hard it is to stay in focus the morning after. It gets very, very hot in Seaton's kitchen and in her poems. As this inventive and imaginative poet states, "Furious Cooking is a stew of accidents and incidents roiling across universes."

Little ice age :
ISBN: 0967968372. OCLC Number:

Invisible Cities Press,. Montpelier, Vt. :. ©2001.

Venus examines her breast :
ISBN: 0887484085. OCLC Number:

Carnegie Mellon University Press,. Pittsburgh :. 2004.

Sex talks to girls :
ISBN: 0299228800. OCLC Number:

University of Wisconsin Press,. Madison, Wis. :. ©2008.

Sex Talks to Girls chronicles the outward antics of a woman on an inward journey to self through the routes of religion, sex, sobriety, and kids. Recasting herself in this memoir as "Molly Meek," Maureen Seaton interprets the emergence of Molly's identity in luxurious and very funny prose.

Cave of the yellow volkswagen /
ISBN: 0887484999. OCLC Number:

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Genetics /
ISBN: 1466328673. OCLC Number:

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Fibonacci batman :
ISBN: 0887485650. OCLC Number:

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NEA fellowship Two Pushcart Prizes for individual poems

Sex Talks to Girls

  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography
  • American Loves Carney

  • Sow's Ear chapbook contest winner
  • Venus Examines Her Breast

  • Publishing Triangle's Audre Lorde Award
  • Furious Cooking

  • Iowa Poetry Prize
  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
  • Fear of Subways

  • Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize
  • The Sea Among the Cupboards

  • Capricorn Award
  • Society of Midland Authors Award

    Speaking Engagements

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