Elaine Bleakney

Elaine writes, "I've been writing a series of short fictions in response to a box of photographs I found in the house I moved into this spring. The photos feature one family, and I've been thinking about these very present ghosts."

photo by Lisa Smith

photo by Lisa Smith

Elaine Bleakney is the author of For Another Writing Back and 20 Paintings by Laura Owens

"Bleakney's meditative and searching poems artfully assemble not a linear narrative, but an evocative consideration of a life."—Publishers Weekly

Her writings have appeared in Documentum, the Kenyon Review, and jubilat. Excerpts from For Another Writing Back have been featured by The Believer, Poetry Society of America, and others. 

Elaine selected the poems included in the anthology Poem in Your Pocketpublished by Harry N. Abrams in coordination with the Academy of American Poets. Elaine is a graduate of the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine, where she studied poetry, and Kenyon College. She has taught writing at UC Irvine, Penland School of Crafts, Flagler College, and other venues. 

A native of Arizona, Elaine was raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, and lives in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. 

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