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Elise Paschen (born January 1959) is an American and Osage poet. She is the co-founder and co-editor of Poetry in Motion, a program which places poetry posters in subways and buses across the country.


Career and educationEdit

The daughter of renowned prima ballerina Maria Tallchief[1] and Chicago contractor Henry D. Paschen, she was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, where she attended the Francis W. Parker School. Paschen is a citizen of the Osage Nation.[1]

While an undergraduate at Harvard University, Paschen received the Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal for poetry, and served as Poetry Editor of the Harvard Advocate. At Oxford University, where she received her M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees in 20th Century British and American Literature, she co-founded and co-edited Oxford Poetry. Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America from 1988 until 2001, she has edited numerous anthologies, including the New York Times bestsellers Poetry Speaks. Her books of poetry include, most recently, The Nightlife, as well as Bestiary, Infidelities, winner of the Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, and Houses: Coasts. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including The New Yorker, Poetry and The Best American Poetry 2018.

Dr. Paschen teaches in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her husband, Stuart Brainerd, and their two children.


  • Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, for Infidelities
  • Lloyd McKim Garrison Medal for poetry
  • Joan Grey Untermyer Poetry Prize
  • Richard Selig Poetry Prize
  • Frances C. Allen Fellowship


  • Houses: Coasts (Sycamore Press, Oxford, 1985)
  • Infidelities (Story Line Press, 1996)
  • Bestiary (Red Hen Press, 2009)[2]
  • The Nightlife (Red Hen Press, 2017)[3]

Anthologies featuring her poemsEdit

  • Reinventing the Enemy’s Language: Contemporary Native Women’s Writings of North America (1997)
  • Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English (2000)
  • The POETRY Anthology, 1912—2002 (2002)
  • A Formal Feeling Comes: Poems in Form by Contemporary Women (2007)
  • Ghost Fishing: An Eco-Justice Poetry Anthology (University of Georgia Press, 2018)

Editor or co-editorEdit

  • Poetry in Motion (1996)
  • Poetry Speaks (2001)
  • Poetry in Motion from Coast to Coast (2002)[4]
  • Poetry Speaks to Children (2005)[5]
  • Poetry Speaks Expanded (2007)[6]
  • Poetry Speaks Who I Am (2010)[7]


  1. ^ a b "The Osage Nation will host Writers Summit." Archived 2013-09-26 at the Wayback Machine Osage Nation. Retrieved 8 July 2012.
  2. ^ Red Hen Press
  3. ^ "Books - Red Hen Press". Red Hen Press. Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ MTA | Poetry In Motion
  5. ^ Poetry Speaks to Children
  6. ^ Poetry Speaks Expanded
  7. ^ Poetry Speaks Who I Am

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