Arielle Greenberg

Arielle Greenberg (born 1972) is a feminist poet and the poetry editor of Black Clock. She is most renowned for naming and describing the concept of the Gurlesque in the anthology Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics, which she co-edited with Lara Glenum.

Arielle Greenberg
BornOctober 24, 1972
Columbus, Ohio
OccupationPoet, Editor
Notable worksGurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics
Notable awardsMacDowell Colony fellowship


Greenberg was an assistant professor in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago.[1] She is now living with her family in rural Maine. They are working on an oral history-style book on the back-to-the-land movement in that area.[2]

Concept of The GurlesqueEdit

"The words of the gurlesque „luxuriate: they roll around in the sensual while avoiding the sharpness of overt messages, preferring the curve of sly mockery to theory or revelation‟.[3] "

"The term Gurlesque comes from a combination of "1. The Carnivalesque. 2. The Burlesque. (and the Neo-Burlesque).3. The Riot Grrrls... Also, the Grotesque."[4] " The term describes a very wide range of things and is a concept that even Greenberg has had trouble pinning down. Lara Glenum describes it in her introduction to Gurlesque as a kistchy, campy take on feminism. Gurlesque is an Avant Garde view of feminism which followed many of the same ideas of disrupting gender roles that allowed the Kinderwhore look and Riot Grrrl "movement" to take hold. Glenum and Greenberg both insist that, like the Riot Grrll "movement", Gurlesque poetics is "not a movement or a camp or a clique."[4] The concept of the Gurlesque merely strings together a common strain that Greenberg noticed flowing through modern feminist poetry in the early 2000s.


Books of Poetry

  • "Fa(r)ther Down: Songs from the Allergy Trials"
  • "Given"
  • "Locally Made Panties"
  • "My Kafka Century"
  • "Share Her"
  • "Slice"

Non-Fiction Work

  • "Youth Subcultures: Exploring Underground America"

Editor of

  • "Home/Birth: A Poemic";
  • "Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics";
  • "Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama’s First 100 Days";
  • "Women Poets on Mentorship: Efforts and Affections";
  • "Mirror-Fucation" and
  • "Mister Hay's Trippy Moebius".
  • "Pisacho".

Greenberg currently lives in Evanston, Illinois with her family.[5]


  1. ^ Wilkinson, Joshua Marie. Poets on Teaching: A Sourcebook. 307. eBook."arielle greenberg"&ots=rZhBIpAJXL&sig=8JTuN3Rnm93j_XH2f-K84TvQ_QI
  2. ^ Greenberg, Arielle. "Biography." N.p., n.d. Web. 30 October 2011. <>.
  3. ^ Sheehy, John. "Pleasure in the Gap: Kate Lille'ys Cross-Pollinated Poetic and Academic Discourses." Sydney Studies. 35. (2009): 100-101. Web. 30 October 2011. <> Archived March 28, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b Greenberg, Arielle. Gurlesque. Saturnalia, 2006. 2. Print.
  5. ^ SwitchBack Books (2011). "SwitchBack Books Advisory Board." Switch Back Books. Switch Back Books, 2011. Web. 30 October 2011.

Further readingEdit

An Article written by Greenberg, based on an outline for a talk delivered at Small Press Traffic as part of the New Experiments series in November 2002.