MFA Students

Lauren Russell


I grew up in Los Angeles, lived in Brooklyn for nine years before coming to Pitt, and count the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery, AmeriCorps*NCCC, and Goddard College among my alma maters. I am the author of two chapbooks—The Empty-Handed Messenger (Goodbye Better, 2009) and Dream-Clung, Gone (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012), and my poems and reviews have appeared in various print and online publications—most recently Ping Pong and The Volta. I live in a turret apartment with my cat, Neruda. Among my interests are collage and hybrid forms; the relationship between feeling, sense, and sound; madness and the construction of madness; and hair as an actor, metaphor, political platform, and identity marker. Harryette Mullen and Alice Notley are among my poetic heroes. Links to some of my work may be found on my website:


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