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Steve Orlen

1997. 1-881163-20-2 / 1-881163-21-0

Kisses book cover

Out of print

“Orlen is a wonderful poet and one of the best practitioners of free verse writing today. The sounds of his poems bang and glide. Most fine poetry strikes the mind and heart. This is true of Orlen as well, but his poems also strike the ear. They feel good in the mouth.”
—Stephen Dobyns

“Orlen’s Bridge of Sighs [out of print], like Eliot’s ‘Prufrock,’ is filled with many human voices, but they are the voices around us, the recognizable voices of people we know too well ... He builds from memory, from old photographs, mental snapshots of the past, and he knows where to break a line and also how to break your heart.”
—Mark Hillringhouse in The Literary Review

About the Author

Photo of Steve OrlenSteve Orlen was born and raised on Hillside Avenue in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He was educated at the University of Massachusetts and the University of Iowa, where he graduated from the Writers Workshop

His previous full-length books of poetry include Permission to Speak, A Place at the Table, and The Bridge of Sighs. He has won grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Foundation Karolyi, as well as the George Dillon Memorial Award from Poetry Magazine. His poems have appeared in such places as American Poetry Review, Anateus, and The Atlantic Monthly

He teaches in the Creative Writing Program at the University of Arizona in Tucson and in the low-residency Program at Warren Wilson College.

Author Photo by: Linda Fry Poverman