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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Maureen Seaton  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1947 in Elizabeth, NJ

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Illinois Connection

Seaton taught Poetry as artist-in-residence at Columbia College in Chicago and on the core facilities of the MFA at The Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Maura Seaton is a poet and teacher of poetry, literary collage, and collaboration. She earned an MFA from Vermont College in 1996. She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Miami and and writes about poets and the valuable damage they do in the world at Almost Dorothy's "Glit Lit:" []. Her work has appeared in ''The Best American Poetry'', ''The Atlantic Monthly'', ''Paris Review'', ''New Republic'', ''Green Mountains Review'', ''Indiana ''Review'', ''Prairie Schooner'', ''Bloom'', ''Quarter after Eight'','' The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, and many other publications both on and off line.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Fear of Subways
ISBN: 0933377150

The Eighth Mountain Press. 1993

"Tough, honest, vulnerable. The writing is flamboyant, swaying cheekily between grief and celebration."--Poetry Flash "Seaton tirelessly investigates her role as a white woman in black people's lives, particularly in the life of one black woman, whom she loves. By doing so, she adds to the necessary cargo of politics in poetry."--The Nation

The Sea Among the Cupboards
ISBN: 0898231345

New Rivers Press. 1996

Winner of the Capricorn Poetry Prize, this book is a melodic, bold, and unflinchingly honest collection of poems.

Furious Cooking (Iowa Poetry Prize)
ISBN: 0877455414

University Of Iowa Press. 1996

By turns chic, romantic, sardonic, droll, seductive, and in your face, Maureen Seaton is a cornucopia of attitudes and styles, a street-smart, deeply talented woman who wryly contemplates the charades that the self and the world assume - and how hard it is to stay in focus the morning after. It gets very, very hot in Seaton's kitchen and in her poems. As this inventive and imaginative poet states, "Furious Cooking is a stew of accidents and incidents roiling across universes."
Seaton creates curious and energetic juxtapositions she revisits violence and assesses its damages. The poet/woman in the thick of this caldron instigates polarities and assumes the roles of inquisitor and heretic, perpetrator and child, painter and artifact, scientist and specimen. She careens circularly through the hypocrisies and atrocities of church and partner, established sanctioned realities, the seeming senseless death of loved ones in this life and long ago.

Little Ice Age (Contemporary Classics Poetry series)
ISBN: 0967968372

Invisible Cities Press LLC. 2001

To enrich readers' experience, the Contemporary Classics Poetry series prints the best of today's works in beautiful casebound editions. The four poets that start the series are emerging stars who brilliantly point the way in language and imagery for generations to come.

Venus Examines Her Breast (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0887484085

Carnegie Mellon University Press. 2004

A collection of poetry by Maureen Seaton.

Sex Talks to Girls: A Memoir (Living Out: Gay and Lesbian Autobiog)
ISBN: 0299228800

University of Wisconsin Press. 2008

Sex Talks to Girls chronicles the outward antics of a woman on an inward journey to self through the routes of religion, sex, sobriety, and kids. Recasting herself in this memoir as “Molly Meek,” Maureen Seaton interprets the emergence of Molly’s identity in luxurious and very funny prose.
Molly alternately finds herself in the surprising company of winos, swingers, and drag kings in love with Jesus H. Christ and a butch named Mars in charge of two children writing stories that shrink painfully to poems without her permission and incapable of figuring out how she landed in any of these predicaments. She is, by turns, a little saint, a Stepford wife, a bi-mom, and a femme with super powers. Her transformation—from near-nun to full-fledged sexual being, accidentally becoming conscious in the process and delighting in the spree—is the story of a life set on play and a woman heroically committed to seeing it through.
Winner, Lesbian Memoir/Biography, Lambda Literary Foundation Book Awards

Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0887484999

Carnegie Mellon University Press. 2009

Cave of the Yellow Volkswagen journeys from womb to fluorescence, dust mite to gargoyle, lakey depths to Florida sunshine, a dodgy trip made safer because the Beetle was reported to float if it careened off a bridge. The poems are a testimony—windows up, radio rowdy—to astonishing escapes and (non)leaky endings.


Sow's Ear Poetry Review. 2009

25 pages.

ISBN: 1466328673

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 2012

The JackLeg Press Poetry Series Maureen Seaton’s subject is womanhood—an experience she presents as, by turns, a liturgically voluptuous sacrament and the kind of party that prompts the neighbors to call the cops. Her poems always make me feel lucky in my gender, doubly lucky in loving women. -- Carol Anshaw

Fibonacci Batman: New and Selected Poems (1991–2011) (Carnegie Mellon Poetry Series)
ISBN: 0887485650

Carnegie Mellon University Press. 2013

With its striking new sequences of charmed mathematics and magical equations with their surreal violences and tragicomedic human predicaments, Fibonacci Batman: New & Selected Poems spans two decades and seven previous poetry collections (five award-winning) by two-time “Lammy” recipient, Maureen Seaton. Language is key in Seaton’s poetry, called “radiantly precise” (Publishers Weekly) and “able to evoke the feeling of vast expanses of space and time, much like Borges in ‘The Library of Babel’” (Adam Miller). Poet Wang Ping praises the “dark matter” in Seaton’s work, “where everything expands and tricks, arriving at once and everywhere.” Marilyn Hacker writes: “Maureen Seaton's register is enormous her verbal daring and wayfaring breathtaking.” This is twenty years of rich poetry to fall into and to trust. "What a large, fierce vision is documented here!” (Tom Andrews) Fibonacci Batman arrives on time and in style, giving hope in human imagination and evolution a healthy and engaging slap on the back.


NEA fellowship Two Pushcart Prizes for individual poems

Sex Talks to Girls

  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir/Biography
  • American Loves Carney

  • Sow's Ear chapbook contest winner
  • Venus Examines Her Breast

  • Publishing Triangle's Audre Lorde Award
  • Furious Cooking

  • Iowa Poetry Prize
  • Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Poetry
  • Fear of Subways

  • Eighth Mountain Poetry Prize
  • The Sea Among the Cupboards

  • Capricorn Award
  • Society of Midland Authors Award

    Speaking Engagements

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