Paige Ackerson-Kiely

Paige Ackerson-Kiely is the author of three poetry collections, most recently Dolefully, a Rampart Stands (Penguin 2019).
She’s the director of the MFA in Writing Program at Sarah Lawrence College, and lives in New York City.
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  1. […] Paige Ackerson-Kiely is a poet as well as the director of the MFA in writing program at Sarah Lawrence. She spoke to us at the end of June from her home in Harlem. After a very difficult year of isolation through the COVID-19 pandemic, she is just getting her feet under her once again. Lockdown taught her without question how tied her writing is to experiencing the world outside her home. She wrote a little during the pandemic, even attempting to write a novel, but going back to re-read her work, she feels that this was merely an exercise rather than a publishable work. She had been working on poems prior to the pandemic but once it hit, felt too earnest to continue these pieces. Now she is working on a series of erotics that have to do with the American Automobile industry. To hear more about her work, including live readings, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Paige Ackerson-Kiely is a poet as well as the director of the MFA in writing program at Sarah Lawrence. She spoke to us at the end of June from her home in Harlem. After a very difficult year of isolation through the COVID-19 pandemic, she is just getting her feet under her once again. Lockdown taught her without question how tied her writing is to experiencing the world outside her home. She wrote a little during the pandemic, even attempting to write a novel, but going back to re-read her work, she feels that this was merely an exercise rather than a publishable work. She had been working on poems prior to the pandemic but once it hit, felt too earnest to continue these pieces. Now she is working on a series of erotics that have to do with the American Automobile industry. To hear more about her work, including live readings, listen to the complete interview. […]