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Visiting Writers Series: Dorothea Lasky

Dorothea Lasky

Celebrating 60 Years of the UMass English MFA for Poets & Writers


Visiting Writers Series no. 2 // Fall 2023



Join us for the second installment of the Visiting Writers Series (VWS) with UMass MFA alum, DOROTHEA LASKY.

Dorothea Lasky is the author of seven books of poetry and prose, including The Shining (forthcoming, Wave Books) and Animal (Wave Books, 2019). She is also the editor of Essays (Essay Press, 2023) and co-editor of Open the Door: How to Excite Young People About Poetry (McSweeney's, 2013). Currently, she lives in New York City and teaches poetry at Columbia University School of the Arts.


About Dorothea Lasky's newest work, THE SHINING:

As labyrinthine as its namesake, Dorothea Lasky’s The Shining is an ekphrastic horror lyric that shapes an entirely unique feminist psychological landscape. Here, Lasky guides us through the familiar rooms of the Overlook Hotel, both realized and imagined, inhabiting characters and spaces that have been somewhat flattened in Stephen King’s text or Stanley Kubrick’s film adaptations. Ultimately, Lasky’s poems point us to the ways in which language is always haunted—by past selves, poetic ancestors, and paradoxical histories. 



Free & open to the public. Reading with Q&A to follow.