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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Simone Muench  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Benson, Louisiana

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Illinois Connection

Muench was born in Louisiana but attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and stayed in Illinois to pursue her career.

Biographical and Professional Information

Simone Muench received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is Professor of English at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies and serves as chief faculty advisor for Jet Fuel Review. Her chapbook TRACE received the Black River Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2014). She is a recipient of a 2013 NEA fellowship and the 2014 Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award, which recognizes artists for their innovation, achievements and community contributions.


The Air Lost in Breathing

Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry

Lampblack and Ash

Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry

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Disappearing address /
ISBN: 1609640241. OCLC Number: 729342701

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Lampblack & ash /
ISBN: 193251127X. OCLC Number: 57579469

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Orange crush :
ISBN: 1932511792. OCLC Number: 318877156

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Suture /
ISBN: 162557973X. OCLC Number: 968554797

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The air lost in breathing :
ISBN: 1884235301. OCLC Number: 44516764

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Wolf centos /
ISBN: 1936747790. OCLC Number: 859046598

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"Centos are a patchwork form that originated around 300 AD; WOLF CENTOS places poets in conversation with one another across centuries and continents. In this volume Muench sutures her poems together with the motifs of the wolf, language, loss, desire, and transformation. The ultimate knowledge of these poems is that as we age and experience loss, we must retain our "wildness" inside of us"--