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Leslie Scalapino (born July 25, 1947) is a United States poet, experimental prose writer, playwright, essayist, and editor, sometimes grouped in with the Language poets. She is a longtime resident of California's Bay Area, and earned her M.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley.

"A solitary, an original. What other way could there be for someone with a mind so electric, independent and restless except out into the space-time conundrum? Because she is thoroughly modern, every moment of experience is interrupted and unstable, accompanied by introspection and sidelong glimpses at the social. The poet here is a horrified witness, a perpetual child, a sexually alert female who keeps looking back to believe what she has seen. This is a superb and important contribution to philosophy, theology, psychology, and the science of knowing.
Fanny Howe[1]



Among her works, Scalapino is the author of way (North Point Press, 1988), a long poem which won the Poetry Center Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award.

Other works

Other well-known works of hers include The Return of Painting, The Pearl, and Orion : A Trilogy (North Point, 1991; Talisman, 1997), Dahlia's Iris: Secret Autobiography and Fiction (FC2), Sight (a collaboration with Lyn Hejinian; Edge Books), and, most recently, Zither and Autobiography (Wesleyan University Press). Her poetry has been widely anthologized, including appearances in the influential Postmodern American Poetry and Poems for the Millennium anthologies, as well as the popular Best American Poetry and Pushcart Prize series anthologies, and her work has been the subject of a special "critical feature" appearing in an issue of the online poetry journal How2.

She currently runs the Oakland small press O Books and teaches at Bard College in the summer MFA program.


  1. ^ a blurb on Scalapino's It's go in horizontal, Selected Poems 1974-2006

Selected Bibliography



  • O and Other Poems, Sand Dollar Press, 1976
  • The Woman who Could Read the Minds of Dogs, Sand Dollar Press, 1976
  • Instead of an Animal, Cloud Marauder Press, 1978
  • This eating and walking is associated all right, Tombouctou, 1979
  • Considering how exaggerated music is, North Point Press, 1982
  • that they were at the beach — aeolotropic series, North Point Press, 1985
  • way, North Point Press, 1988
  • Crowd and not evening or light, O Books, 1992
  • Sight (with Lyn Hejinian), Edge Books, 1999
  • New Time, Wesleyan University Press, 1999
  • The Tango, (with Marina Adams), Granary Press, 2001
  • Day Ocean State of Stars' Night: Poems & Writings 1989 & 1999-2006, Green Integer (E-L-E-PHANT Series), 2007
  • It's go in horizontal, Selected Poems 1974-2006, UC Press, Berkeley, 2008


  • The Return of Painting, DIA Foundation, 1990
  • The Return of Painting, The Pearl, and Orion : A Trilogy, North Point, 1991; Talisman, 1997
  • Defoe, Sun & Moon Press, 1995
  • The Front Matter, Dead Souls, Wesleyan University Press, 1996
  • Orchid Jetsam, Tuumba, 2001
  • Dahlia's Iris — Secret Autobiography and Fiction, FC2, November 2003

Inter-genre writings

  • The Public World / Syntactically Impermanence, Wesleyan University Press, 1999
  • How Phenomena Appear To Unfold , Potes & Poets Press, 1991
  • Objects in the Terrifying Tense / Longing from Taking Place, Roof Books, 1994
  • Green and Black, Selected Writings , Talisman Publishers, 1996
  • R-hu, Atelos Press, 2000
  • Zither and Autobiography, Wesleyan, 2003
  • Floats Horse-Floats or Horse-Flows, Starcherone Books, 2010


  • Goya's L.A., a play, Potes & Poets Press, 1994 (music by Larry Ochs)
  • Stone Marmalade (the Dreamed Title), (with Kevin Killian) Singing Horse Press, 1996
  • The Weatherman Turns Himself In, Zasterle Press, Spain 1999

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