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Photo of Gabriella Calvocoressi, taken by Sarah Boyd

Associate Professor / Walker Percy Fellow

2000, MFA (Poetry), Columbia University

1996, BA (Concentration Creative Writing and Art History), Sarah Lawrence College


Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize) and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the 2018 Audre Lorde Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Stegner Fellowship and Jones Lectureship from Stanford University, a Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award, a Lannan Foundation residency in Marfa, TX, the Bernard F. Conners Prize from The Paris Review, and a residency from the Civitella di Ranieri Foundation, among others. Her poems have been published in numerous magazines and journals including the New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, and Kenyon Review, and The New Yorker.  She is working on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn’t Kill Myself, and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. She lives in Carrboro, N.C.

To read more, visit my website


Rocket Fantastic: Poems (Persea Books, 2017)

Apocalyptic Swing: Poems (Persea Books, 2009)

The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart (Persea Books, 2005

Mayflower Cistern I Feel My Pilgrim Worry (The New Yorker, 2018)

Homecoming Cistern Alien Vessel (The Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, 2018)

She Ties My Bow Tie (New England Review, 2017)



  • 2018 Publishing Triangle Audre Lorde Award for Best Book of Poetry by a Lesbian Author (for Rocket Fantastic: Poems)2017-2020 Hermitage Fellowship
  • 2012 Lannan Foundation Residency Fellowship
  • 2010 Civitella Di Ranieri Fellowship
  • 2002-2005 Jones Lectureship, Stanford University
  • 2000-2002 Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University
  • 2002 Rona Jaffe Woman Writer’s Award


Courses Taught:

  • English 131 : Intro to Poetry
  • English 207: Intermediate Poetry
  • English 307: Stylistics
  • English 407 : Advanced Poetry Workshop
  • English 693 & 694 : Honors Thesis Workshop (Poetry)

Curriculum Vitae / Resume