Rae Armantrout

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Rae Armantrout (born 13 April 1947) is an American poet generally associated with the Language Poets. Armantrout was born in Vallejo, California but grew up in San Diego. She has published nine books of poetry and has also been featured in a number of major anthologies. Armantrout currently teaches at the University of California, San Diego, where she is Professor of Poetry and Poetics .


  • 1 Overview
  • 2 Selected Bibliography
    • 2.1 Poetry
    • 2.2 Prose
    • 2.3 Further reading
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links


Armantrout was a member of the original West Coast Language group. However, unlike most of the group, her work is firmly grounded in experience of the local and domestic worlds and she is widely regarded as the most lyrical of the Language Poets. [1]

Her poems have appeared in many anthologies, including In The American Tree (National Poetry Foundation), Language Poetries (New Directions), Postmodern American Poetry: A Norton Anthology, From the Other Side of the Century (Sun & Moon), Out of Everywhere (Reality Street), American Women Poets in the 21st Century: Where Language Meets the Lyric Tradition, (Wesleyan, 2002), The Oxford Book of American Poetry (Oxford, UP, 2006) and The Best American Poetry of 1988, 2001, 2002, and 2004.

Armantrout has twice received a Fund For Poetry Grant and was a California Arts Council Fellowship recipient in 1989. She is currently one of ten poets working on a project entitled The Grand Piano: An Experiment In Collective Autobiography. Writing on the volume began in 1998 and the first volume (of a proposed ten) was published in November 2006, and thereafter in three-month intervals.

Selected Bibliography


  • Extremities (The Figures, 1978) - poetry
  • The Invention of Hunger (Tuumba, 1979) - poetry
  • Precedence (Burning Deck, 1985) - poetry
  • Necromance (Sun and Moon Press, 1991) - poetry
  • Couverture (Les Cahiers de Royaumont, 1991) - a selected in French translation
  • Made To Seem (Sun and Moon Press, 1995) - poetry
  • writing the plot about sets (Chax, 1998)
  • Veil: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2001) - poetry
  • The Pretext (Green Integer, 2001) - poetry
  • Up to Speed (Wesleyan, 2004) - poetry
  • Next Life (Wesleyan, 2007) - poetry


  • True (Atelos, 1998) - prose memoir; republished in Collected Prose
  • The Grand Piano: An Experiment In Collective Autobiography (with Bob Perelman, Barrett Watten, Steve Benson, Carla Harryman, Tom Mandel, Ron Silliman, Kit Robinson, Lyn Hejinian, and Ted Pearson) (Mode A/This Press, 2007)
  • Collected Prose (Singing Horse Press, 2007) - prose ISBN 0-935162-37-2

Further reading

  • A Wild Salience: The Writing of Rae Armantrout (Burning Press, 2000; ISBN 1-5871-10253) — featuring essays and poems on or inspired by her work including pieces by Robert Creeley, Susan Wheeler, Hank Lazer, Bob Perelman, Lydia Davis, Lyn Hejinian, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Ron Silliman, Brenda Hillman, Fanny Howe and others
  1. ^ Author Page at Internationales Literatufestival Berlin Armantrout was a Guest of the ILB ( Internationales Literatufestival Berlin / Germany ) in 2005
  • Rae Armantrout Papers
  • Rae Armantrout Exhibit at the Academy of American Poets
  • Chicago Postmodern Poetry Poet Profile interview published on-line (June 2004)
  • Armantrout Page at Electronic Poetry Review includes biographical information and links to poems, including: "Fieldwork", "Interval", "Greeting", and "Performers"
  • "Cosmology and Me" this prose piece by Armantrout, appearing on-line at Jacket magazine, is republished in the volume Collected Prose.
  • Here Comes Everybody Interview this interview first appeared on-line January 29, 2005..

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