MFA Students

Grace (GE) Gilbert


A poet and essayist, Grace (GE) Gilbert likes dismantling things the language-way because other ways are too scary and she cannot afford Crossfit. Grace enjoys walking the line between dream and reality, nature and personal history, soft image and heavy sound. She wants to go back in time and kiss Mary Oliver right on the mouth. Right now she's working on a chapbook about bridges & breakups, and is further muddling the line between poetry and lyric essay.

Grace’s recent poetics & lyric essays can or will be found in the Adroit Journal, Ninth Letter, the minnesota review, the Penn Review, Gargoyle Magazine, Anomaly Literary Journal, Pretty Owl Poetry, Atlas & Alice, Maudlin House, Twyckenham Notes, Prometheus Dreaming, & the Gandy Dancer among others. She is a finalist in the 2019 Adroit poetry prizes, and a semi-finalist in the 2020 VERSE Tomaz Salamun chapbook prize. 

Her play "MINISTRY OF LOSS" will be staged at TheatreWorks New Milford's 2020 play festival, & her new micro-chapbook "no sharp things" can be found in NAILED magazine. 

Grace is an MFA candidate in poetry & Arts and Sciences Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh as well as an Allegheny County Emerging Poet Laureate finalist through Pittsburgh's City of Asylum. Feel free to contact her to talk shop or just to shop (preferably at Goodwill). Or offer to pay for her expensive cheese habit...this writing-as-a-career thing can only go so far.

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