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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Joanie Mackowski  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Born: 1963 in Evanston, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

Mackowski was born in Evanston, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

In addition to her two books of poems, Joanie is of the Creative Writing Program faculty at Cornell University, she lives in Ithaca, New York.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

The Zoo (Pitt Poetry Series)
ISBN: 082295768X

University of Pittsburgh Press. 2001

Joanie Mackowski’s debut collection of poetry is meditative, vivid, sometimes weird. Turning an idiosyncratic eye to the inhabitants of zoos and fish tanks, cafes and cemeteries, she illuminates details that make the familiar seem strange. An egret stands "still as a glass of milk"

iceberg lettuce is a "vegetable leviathan" that "extends beneath the dinner table / an unseen, monstrous green"

a bald eagle may "love a jet?―

/ or worship them all, or mock them, rigid / freaks that never linger."