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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

Simone 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

Muench received her Ph.D from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and is director of the Writing Program and Assistant Professor of English at Lewis University where she teaches creative writing and film studies.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

The Air Lost in Breathing: Poems
ISBN: 1884235301

Helicon Nine Editions. 2000

Overall, though, hers is a marvelous collection--and poetry such as this deserves to be read carfully but also heard aloud... (Kansas City Star, Sunday, October 8, 2000 by John Mark Eberhart)

Notebook. Knife. Mentholatum
ISBN: 0972509550

New Michigan Press. 2003

Lampblack & Ash: Poems
ISBN: 193251127X

Sarabande Books. 2005

There is something utterly in thrall here, honey-slow and fixated. Driven by obsession—in particular, obsession with the legendary French poet, Robert Desnos—Muench’s identification with a true self beyond the self’s known truth is startling.
—from the introduction by Carol Muske-Dukes

“Simone’s poems have a confidence and sophistication of what I like to call intentionality. Also wit, grace, poise, and a relationship to writing beyond self-referential feeling.”
—Anne Waldman

“Lush, sprouting, sensuous images line-by-line, adopting myth freely, Muench’s poems are volatile explosives, circling beauty.”—James Tate

Orange Crush: Poems
ISBN: 1932511792

Sarabande Books. 2010

"Muench's lush figures give great pleasure to both ear and eye, and her imaginative leaps can feel both mysterious and inevitable, in a way that recalls not only Desnos, but also Neruda."—The New York Times Book Review

"Her language is refreshing, musical, attenuated."—Anne Waldman

Simone Muench lives in Chicago.


  • Marianne Moore Prize for Poetry, ''The Air Lost in Breathing''
  • Kathryn A. Morton Prize for Poetry, ''Lampblack and Ash''

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