Renee Gladman

Renee Gladman was born in Atlanta in 1971. She received a BA in philosophy from Vassar College, and a master’s in poetics from New College of California. She is the author of 10 books of poetry and prose, most recently Calamities (Wave Books, 2016), and one monograph of drawings: Prose Architectures (Wave Books, 2017). Her entire series of fictional works set in the imaginary city-state of Ravicka are available from Dorothy, a publishing project: Event Factory (2010), The Ravickians (2011), Ana Patova Crosses a Bridge (2013), and Houses of Ravicka (2017). Since 2005, she has operated Leon Works, an independent press for experimental prose and other thought-projects based in the sentence, making occasional forays into poetry. She lives in Connecticut with the poet-ceramicist Danielle Vogel.


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