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Individual Author Record

General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Poetry

Born: 1959 in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Paschen was born and raised in Chicago, and still resides there today. She attended the Francis W. Parker School. A former Frances Allen Fellow of the Newberry Library, she teaches in the MFA Writing Program at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Elise Paschen is a prize-winning poet. Her poems have been published in The New Yorker and Poetry, among other magazines, and in numerous anthologies. She is the editor of The New York Times best-selling anthology, Poetry Speaks to Children, and co-editor of Poetry Speaks and Poetry in Motion, among other anthologies. Former Executive Director of the Poetry Society of America, she is a co-founder of Poetry in Motion, a nationwide program which places poetry posters in subway cars and buses. Paschen teaches in the MFA Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Link to Elise Paschen's poem, "Birth Day" at the Poetry 180 Project page at the Library of Congress site -

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Titles At Your Library


-- """Infidelities"""

-- *Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize