About

elisa gabbert

About Elisa Gabbert

Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist and the author of four collections: The Word Pretty (Black Ocean, 2018), L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016), The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013), and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). The Word Pretty was a New York Times Editors’ Pick, and The Self Unstable was chosen by the New Yorker as one of the best books of 2013. Elisa’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian Long Read, the London Review of Books, Boston Review, the Paris Review Daily, Pacific Standard, Guernica, and many other venues. The Unreality of Memory & Other Essays is forthcoming in August 2020 from FSG Originals (available for preorder now) and in Autumn 2020 from Atlantic UK.

Other adventures: Elisa Gabbert writes an advice column for writers, The Blunt Instrument, at Electric Literature. Send her a question at blunt@electricliterature.com. She occasionally writes about perfume for Bois de Jasmin. She occasionally teaches at Lighthouse Writers Workshop. She has co-written several collaborative collections with Kathleen Rooney, including That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness. She holds degrees from Rice University and Emerson College. She lives in Denver.

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