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Simone Muench

Born: in Benson, Louisiana
Pen Name: None

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

Biography: 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

Primary Literary Genre(s): Poetry

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers


Selected Titles

Disappearing address /
ISBN: 1609640241 OCLC: 729342701

Lampblack & ash /
ISBN: 193251127X OCLC: 57579469

Sarabande Books, Louisville, Ky. : ©2005.

Orange crush :
ISBN: 1932511792 OCLC: 318877156

Sarabande Books, Louisville, Ky. : ©2010.

Suture /
ISBN: 162557973X OCLC: 968554797

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

Helicon Nine Editions, Kansas City : ©2000.

Wolf centos /
ISBN: 1936747790 OCLC: 859046598

"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"--