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Elaine Terranova

Born in Philidelphia in 1939, Elaine Terranova grew up in a working class neighborhood and has lived in that city ever since. She has held a variety of jobs, including temp worker and copyeditor, as well as instructor in English and creative writing at Temple University and reading and writing specialist at Community College of Philadelphia. Terranova's first book, The Cult of the Right Hand (Doubleday), was chosen by Rita Dove as the winner of the 1990 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, Boulevard, Confrontations, and other magazines. Damages is her second book. Her next book was The Dog's Heart (Orchises Press).  Her most recent publications are Not To: New and Selected Poems, from Sheep Meadow Press, and a chapbook, Elegiac: Footnotes from Rilke's Duino Elegies, published by Cervena Barva Press.  She has received a fellowship from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and a Pushcart Prize.  A new collection,Dames Rocket, is forthcoming from Penstroke Press.  She is on the faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Rutgers University, Camden, and also teaches at the Community College of Philadelphia.

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