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Dorothy Barresi

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Occupation  Poet
Genre  Poetry
Awards  American Book Awards
Period  Contemporary
Nationality  American
Role  Poet
Language  English
Name  Dorothy Barresi

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Alma mater  Univ. of Akron; Univ. of Pittsburgh; Univ. of Massachusetts
Books  The Post-Rapture Diner, All of the Above

Education  University of Pittsburgh

Dorothy barresi reads her poem cleaning padihershef who worked in the necropolis of thebes

Dorothy Barresi (born November 13, 1957 Buffalo, New York) is an American poet.


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Dorothy barresi


She was raised in Akron, Ohio. She teaches in the English Department at California State University at Northridge

Her work has appeared in Antioch Review, AGNI, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, Parnassus, POETRY, Pool, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Triquarterly and Southern Review.

She has served often as a judge for the Los Angeles Times Book Award in Poetry.

She is married to Phil Matero, and they have sons Andrew and Dante. They live in the San Fernando Valley.


  • MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst 1985
  • MA, University of Pittsburgh 1981
  • BA, University of Akron 1979
  • Awards

  • 18th annual American Book Award sponsored by the Before Columbus Foundation
  • Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown (MA), North Carolina Arts Council.
  • Pushcart Prize (twice)
  • Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Prize
  • Emily Clark Balch Prize Virginia Quarterly Review
  • Grand Prize, Los Angeles Poetry Festival's Fin de Millennium poetry competition.
  • 1990 Barnard Women Poets Prize
  • 2014 Dagbert L. Cunningham Award for work in the field of semi-poetics.
  • Works

  • "How It Comes". Ploughshares. Winter 1986. Archived from the original on 17 July 2002. 
  • "The Hole in the Ceiling". Ploughshares. Winter 1986. Archived from the original on 17 July 2002. 
  • "Poem for the Thirty-Fifth Anniversary of Valium". Virginia Quarterly Review. Winter 2002. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  • "Something in the House Was" (PDF). West Branch 62. 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  • "Stereotype" (PDF). West Branch 62. 2008. Retrieved June 22, 2015. 
  • "The Garbage Keepers". Rattle. September 21, 2013. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  • "Head Lice Circus: Shock and Awe". Redheaded Stepchild. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  • "My Powers". Redheaded Stepchild. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  • Poetry

  • American Fanatics. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2010. ISBN 978-0-8229-6079-9. 
  • Rouge Pulp. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 2002. ISBN 978-0-8229-5789-8. 
  • Mother, My Porous China. Laguna Beach: The Inevitable Press. 1998. ISBN 978-1-891281-10-5.  (chapbook)
  • Post-Rapture Diner. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press. 1996. ISBN 978-0-8229-3896-5. 
  • All of the Above. Boston: Beacon Press. 1991. ISBN 978-0-8070-6815-1. 
  • The Judas Clock. Blythewood: Devil's Millhopper Press. 1986. 
  • Re-crossing the Equator. University of Massachusetts Amherst. 1985. 
  • Anthologies

  • Louise DeSalvo, Edvige Giunta, eds. (2003). "Poem". The Milk of Almonds: Italian American Women Writers on Food and Culture. Feminist Press. ISBN 978-1-55861-453-6. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Jim Elledge, Susan Swartwout, eds. (1999). "When I think of America Sometimes (I Think of Ralph Kramdem)". Real things: an anthology of popular culture in American poetry. Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-21229-0. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Maggie Anderson; Dorothy Barresi; Quan Barry; Jan Beatty; Robin Becker; Richard Blanco; Christopher Bursk; Anthony Butts; Lorna Dee Cervantes (2007). Ochester, ed. American Poetry Now: Pitt Poetry Series Anthology. University of Pittsburgh Press. ISBN 978-0-8229-5964-9. 
  • Pamela Gemin, Paula Sergi, eds. (1999). Boomer girls: poems by women from the baby boom generation. University of Iowa Press. ISBN 978-0-87745-687-2. CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  • Interviews

  • “Showcased Writer: Dorothy Barresi” "Silk Road". February 25, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2015. 
  • Reviews

    Much contemporary poetry fits into one of the many aesthetic categories that lie between the polar opposites of the radically "experimental" poem and the "traditional," often formal, poem. Dorothy Barresi’s work, however, is singular in its resistance, better yet, rejection, of current poetic camps. Part Sylvia Plath, part John Donne, Barresi handles both surprise and expectation with deftness, displaying uncommon verbal ingenuity and intelligence of investigation. Her third book, Rouge Pulp, spins poems of startling metaphysical image shot through with slang and pop culture. Her narrators are bold, swaggering through the poems as if to say, if we’re all intersections of discourses nowadays, then their job is to speak those multiple voices as articulately as possible.


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