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Juliana Spahr

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Born in Chillicothe, Ohio in 1966, Juliana Spahr recieved a BA from Bard College and PhD from SUNY Buffalo.

She is the author of Well Then There Now (Black Sparrow Press, 2011); This Connection of Everyone with Lungs (University of California Press, 2005); Fuck You—Aloha—I Love You (Wesleyan University Press, 2001); and Response (Sun & Moon Press, 1996), winner of the National Poetry Series Award.

Spahr is also the author of Everybody's Autonomy: Connective Reading and Collective Identity (University of Alabama Press, 2001).

As editor, she has published a number of critical works, including A Megaphone: Some Enactments, Some Numbers, and Some Essays about the Continued Usefulness of Crotchless-pants-and-a-machine-gun Feminism (Chain Links, 2011), co-edited with Stephanie Young; Poetry and Pedagogy: the Challenge of the Contemporary (Palgrave/Macmillan, 2006), co-edited with Joan Retallack; and American Women Poets in the Twenty-first Century (Wesleyan University Press, 2002), co-edited with Claudia Rankine. From 1993 to 2003, Spahr co-edited the arts journal Chain, which she co-founded with Jena Osman.

About Spahr's work, the poet Anne Waldman has said, "By listing, by naming, the atrocities—the harrowing stats, the scary particulars—in our world-at-endless-war, we might at least exert control over our sanity and extend our mind and compassion to others. It is a connected universe as Spahr so forecfully reminds us."

In 2009, she recieved the Hardison Poetry Prize awarded by the Folger Shakespeare Library.

She currently lives in Berkeley, California.

by this poet

As it happens every night, beloveds, while we turned in the night
sleeping uneasily the world went on without us.

We live in our own time zone and there are only a small million of
us in this time zone and the world as a result has a tendency to
begin and end without us.

While we turned sleeping uneasily at