Sasha Steensen is the author of four books of poems: House of Deer, The Method, and A Magic Book, all from Fence Books, and most recently, Gatherest from Ahsahta Press. Recent work has appeared in Kenyon Review, West Branch, Omniverse, and Dusie. “Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos” was published as an online chapbook by Essay Press. She teaches Creative Writing and Literature at Colorado State University, where she also serves as a poetry editor for Colorado Review. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado with her husband and two daughters, and she tends a garden, a flock of chickens, a bearded dragon, a barn cat, a standard poodle, and two goats.
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2005, Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo
2000, M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
1997, B.A., History, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
(2017-present) Professor, English, Colorado State University
(2011-2016) Associate Professor, English, Colorado State University
(2005-2010) Assistant Professor, English, Colorado State University
(2000-2005) Graduate Assistant, English, State University of New York, Buffalo
(2004) Instructor, English, Central Methodist College, Fayette, Missouri
(1998-2000) Graduate Assistant, English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
2017, Gatherest, Ahsahta Press, 128.
2014, House of Deer, Fence Books, 93.
2008, The Method, Fence Books, 61.
2004, A Magic Book, Fence Books, 65.
2015, “Openings: Into Our Vertical Cosmos,” Essay Press, 78 pgs.
2012, Waters: A Lenten Poem, Free Poetry, not paginated.
2011, A History of the Human Family, Flying Guillotine Press, not paginated.
2008, The Future of an Illusion, Dos Press, not paginated.
2004, Hadfield, Gordon and Sasha Steensen, correspondence, Handwritten Press, not paginated.
Refereed Journal Articles, Poetry:
2016, Five poems from Hendes, Kenyon Review, March/ April 2016, p. 51-53.
2015, Four poems from Hendes. Northside Review, Fall 2015.
2015, Four poems from Hendes. Dusie, issue 18.
2015, Steensen, Sasha, and Elizabeth Robinson, In Quiet, Likestarlings.
2015, “from Hendes,” West Branch. Spring/ Summer 2015. 22-29.
2014, “Aflame, it itself Made.” Omniverse.
2014, “I Couldn’t Stop Watching.” Evening Will Come.
2013, “Domestication and the Chase,” “The Gnarly Nest Experience and Expression Make,” Similar Peaks,
2013, “Long Tailed Weasel,” A Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, Wolverine Farm Press.
2013, from A History of the Human Family, “Me Thee Odes,” “A Stranger at the Gates,” TextSound: An Online Audio Publication, Issue 17.
2013, “Personal Poem Including Opium’s History,” Octopus Magazine 15.
2012, from Waters: A Lenten Poem, Jubilat, number 25
2012, “Sentences on Sadness,” The Laurel Review, p.22
2011, “Water 15,” Bayou Magazine, issue 56, p 59
2011, “Election Day,” “Love is not Ohio’s President,” Thuggery and Grace.
2011, “Drink,” Zing Magazine.
2011, four poems from House of Deer. Black Warrior Review.
2010, “The Undertow,” Academy of American Poet’s Daily Poetry Series.
2010, “The Mole,” 751 Magazine, Issue 2.
2010, “If there is no perception that is not full of memory, then this:,” “Five Forests,” and “Pack.” Word for/ Word, Issue 16.
2010, “Here's a little story” “Storybook,” and “Be Long,” The Offending Adam.
2009, “The Writer in Winter.” Bombay Gin, Vol. 35, No. 2, p. 95.
2009, “The Book of the Grotesque” and “The Insemination.” Ink Node, Summer http://www.inknode.com/people/sashasteensen
2009, “Morrow-Hearted Method Dreams,” “Me Thee Odes,” “And You Yourself Are a Resident of This City,” “West Eats Meat,” La Petit Zine, no. 22.
2008, “Nursery Rhyme,” “Fragments I,” Free Verse, issue 14.
2008, “Beating Out of its Somewhere Princely Body,” “Parchment, Please,” “The Method Somehow Survives the Fourth Crusade,” “The Method Meets Young Love Among the Rofes,”
“The Method Interviews a Monk,” “In Palestine,” Little Red Leaves, issue 2.
2008, “Kaymakamlar Gezi Evi, Selamlik Odasi,” “Tischendorf Takes a Leaf,” “Untitled Sequence,” mid)rib, issue 2.
2007, From The Future of an Illusion, Shiny, 128-129.
2007, “Twilight World of Consent Rather than Belief,” Goodfoot, 71.
2007, Hadfield, Gordon and Sasha Steensen, from correspondence: “We arrive in Pisco in February,” “Post: from the parking lot,” “there are already 15,000 squatters in the valley,” “everyone loves a ticket,” “Bus or the litmus of civil society,” “sold off power and gas,” “Post: here on earth,” Aufgabe, 189-195.
2007, “In Moments of Grief the Method Recollects,” “The Method Rubs Elbows With Frat Boys,” Fence, 48-49.
2006, “Pantoum,” “Our Own Dazzling Variety of Sects,” “History is adorned with bookish fires,” Shearsman, 55-60.
2006, “This Plain Place,” “Palinode,” “If there was a lever large enough,” “A Second Offence,” Denver Quarterly, Vol 40: Number 4, 141-145.
Refereed Journal Article, Criticism:
2017, “Bellwethers: Shame and My Left Breast,” Reflections on the Election, Essay Press.
2014, “With Pleasure: Gertrude Stein and the Sentence Diagram, Taos Journal of International Poetry and Art.
2010, “Cunt, Great Mother, Cow or Whore: Charles Olson’s Unlikely Influence on Contemporary Female Poets.” The Worchester Review, Vol. XXXI, Numbers 1 & 2, 127-134.
2007, “Interlacings: On Susan Howe's Seminars,” I Have Imagined a Center // Wilder Than This Region, Cuneiform Books, 105-108.
2007, “Reading to Write: Pound’s ABC of Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom,” The Best of The AWP 2007 Pedagogy Papers, 07.pdf, 47.
Refereed Chapters in Books, Poems:
2015, “Poems for Lent,” A Book of Uncommon Prayer, Outpost Press.
2010, “Winter Weather and Job Loss,” Starting Today: 100 Poems for Obama's First 100 Days, Iowa University Press, 11-12.
2009, “Girl Singing: I carry Gilgamesh in my belly,” 1000 Girls Signing, Leafe Press, no pagination.
2007, “I Hear America Swimming,” “The Stranger at the Gates,” Not For Mothers Only: Contemporary Poems on Child-Getting and Child-Rearing, Fence, 458-462.
Refereed Chapters in Books, Prose:
2010, “Five Steps to the Five Minute Chapbook,” Poets on Teaching. Iowa University Press.
Other (book reviews, encyclopedia entries, interviews):
2015, “Sasha Steensen Interviewed by Joshua Marie Wilkinson,” The Letter Machine Book of Interviews. Ed. Cristiana Baik & Andy Fitch, Letter Machine Editions, 315-326.
2014, “Sasha Steensen with Martin Corless-Smith,” The Conversant.
2014, “The Beauty and Violence of a Family and a Nation,” Interview by Maggie Millner. ZYZZYVA.
2014, “A Conversation with Sasha Steensen,” The Late Night Library, 2014.
2010, Interview conducted by Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Denver Quarterly, Vol 45, Number 1, 2010.
2009, Review of Chelsey Minnis’s Bad Bad. The Boston Review, Jan/ Feb. 2009, 52.
2006, Review of Claudia Rankine’s Don 't Let Me Be Lonely, Interim, Vol. 24, 222-223.
2006, “Donald Revell,” Critical Entry for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, Vol. 4, Berkeley: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1364-1365.
2006, “Captain John Smith,” Critical Entry for The Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Poets and Poetry, Vol. 5, Berkeley: Greenwood Publishing Group, 1486-1487.
Other (reviews of books by Sasha Steensen):
Kerstetter, Abigail, 2014. Review of House of Deer, Fort Collins Courier, Fall 2014.
Ferris, Amanda, 2014. Review of House of Deer, (the) Absolute.
Bullins, Bruce, 2014. Review of House of Deer, Sierra Nevada Review.
Publisher’s Weekly (anonymous author), 2014. Review of House of Deer, Publisher’s Weekly.
McCarthy, Pattie, 2014. Review of House of Deer, Jacket 2.
Creste, Laura, 2014. Review of House of Deer, Full Stop.
Sutton Kiefer, Molly, 2014. Review of House of Deer, The Rumpus.
Smith, Lytton, 2013. “On The Method and The Method: Writing in Place, A Poetry of the Gulfstream,” Los Angles Review of Books.
Ronk, Martha, 2009, The Method [review article], Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry & Opinion, no.2, p. 294-5.
Bloomgerg-Rissman, John, 2009, The Method [review article], Galatea Resurrects #13.
Wessels, Andrew, 2009, The Method [review article], Bookslut.
Russell, Jacob, 2008, “Sasha Steensen, The Method: Palimpsest of Poetry over a Dream of History” [review article], Barking Dog.
Mclane, Michael, 2006, A Magic Book [review article], Interim, 209-210.
Kuhl, Nancy, 2005, “Incantation and Analysis: Two First Books” [A Magic Book review article], The Cincinnati Review, 194-200.
Manuscripts Accepted for Publication (in press):
“Porous and Continuous with the World: Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge’s Four Year Old Girl,” Quo Anima, University of Akron Press (anthology, refereed)
Invited Readings (International):
April 5th, 2016. Ivy Writers Series, Paris, France
Invited Readings (National):
November 19, 2014, Danny’s Reading Series, Chicago, IL
November 18, 2014, Prairie Light Books, Iowa City, IA
October 2, 2014, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV.
May 21, 2014, Berl’s Poetry Shop, Brooklyn, NY
May 19, 2014, Albany Reading Series, Albany, NY
May 18, 2014, 2014, Frank O’Hara’s Last Lover, Philadelphia, PA
May 17, 2014, Torn Page, New York, NY
February 27, 2014, The Recency Effect, Seattle, WA
April 19, 2013, Boise State University Reading Series, Boise, ID
March 1, 2012, Bayou Magazine Reading, Chicago, IL
March 2, 2012, Interim Journal Reading, Chicago, IL
March 5, 2011, Flying Guillotine Reading, Washington DC
March 6, 2011, off-site AWP Reading, Washington DC
March 26, 2010, Olson Centenary Reading, Worcester, MA
October 2, 2010, Poetry Reading, “Beyond Baroque,” Venice, CA
March 26, 2010, Olson Centenary Reading, Worcester, MA
December 13, 2008, Clear Cut Reading Series, Lincoln, NE
December 4, 2008, Robin’s Bookstore Readings, Philadelphia, PA
December 3, 2008, Fence New Books Reading, The New School, New York, NY
December 1, 2008, Fence New Books Reading, Pierre Menard Gallery, Cambridge, MA
October, 11, 2008, Dos Books Reading, Domy Books, Austin TX
October, 10, 2008, Dos Books Reading, Trinity Univesity, San Antonio, TX
February 2, 2008, Not For Mothers Only Anthology Reading, New York, NY
June 12, 2007, Peace on A Poetry Series, NY, NY
March 3, 2007, Off-site AWP Reading, Atlanta, GA
March 1, 2007, Associated Writing Program Reading, Fence Books, Atlanta, GA
December 29, 2006, Off-site MLA Reading, Philadelphia, PA
March 26, 2006, A Celebration of Innovative NYC Poetry Presses, Poetry Society of America, New York, NY
Invited Readings (State—Colorado):
March 19, 2016, Mountain Fold Books, Colorado Springs, CO
October 23, 2014, CSU Reading Series, Fort Collins, CO
July 15, 2014, Firehouse Books Reading, Fort Collins, CO
December 11, 2013, Every Eye Reading Series, Fort Collins, CO
June 27, 2013, Poetic Inventory of Rocky Mountain National Park, Fort Collins, CO
April 27, 2013, Inisfree Bookstore, Boulder, CO
November 30, 2012, Fence Books Reading, Denver, CO
Oct. 12, 2012, Reading at the Society for the Study of American Women Writers Conference,Denver, Colorado.
April 1, 2011, Poetry Reading at Firehouse Books, Fort Collins, CO
April 15, 2011, National Poetry Month, Fort Collins Public Library, Fort Collins, CO
November, 14, 2011, Equinox Brewery, ART 324 Reading, Fort Collins, CO
December 3, 2010, Poetry Reading, Pomegranate Place, Denver, CO
October 9, 2010, Poetry Reading, Lost Lakes Bar, Denver, CO
April 10, 2010, First 100 Days Reading, Off-site AWP Reading, Denver, CO
April 8, 2010, Colorado Poets Read, Off-site AWP Reading, Denver, CO
November 19, 2009, Mugs Coffee House, Fort Collins, CO
February 27, 2009, DU Reading, Denver University, Denver, CO
March 14, 2008, Fence Books Reading, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
February 29, 2008, Four Poets for Leap Day, Denver, CO. This reading was recorded and has been produced by “Rabbit Light Movies;” it can be viewed at http://www.rabbitlightmovies.com/steensen.html.
November 2, 2007, Not for Mothers Only Release Reading, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
August 9, 2007, Dikeau Collection Reading Series, Denver, CO
June 30, 2007, Panagea Literary Festival, Fort Collins, CO
April 9, 2007, Poetry Reading, Naropa University, Boulder, CO
March 17, 2007, Paupers & Pioneers: A Conference on the Small Press, CU Boulder, CO
November 10th, 2005, Colorado State University, Hatton Gallery, Fort Collins, CO
October, 2, 2014, Literary Las Vegas with Chris Sieroty, KNPR.
January 15, 2006, With Dona Stein, The Poetry Show, KRFC 88.9, Ft. Collins, CO
GRANTS AND AWARDS
2014, CLA Professional Development Fund to travel to Vietnam for research.
2013, CLA Professional Development Fund to promote House of Deer.
2010, CLA Professional Development Fund to participate in the Charles Olson Centenary in Worcester, MA
2008, CLA Professional Development Fund to perform readings from The Method
2006, CLA Professional Development Fund to Travel to New York City for letterpress instruction at the Center for Book Arts
2006, AEP Grant for course release to complete writing of The Method
2006, CLA Professional Development Fund to Travel to Turkey and complete research on The Method
PAPERS PRESENTED/ LECTURES
April 11, 2015, “Poetry of the Plains, High Desert and Prarie.” Associated Writing Programs Conference. Minneapolis, MN.
February 28, 2014, “The Poetic Sentence” Associated Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, WA
February 29, 2014, “What are We Projecting: American Poetry and Poetics in the Era of the Project,” Associated Writing Programs Conference, Seattle, WA
September 27, 2013, “I Couldn’t Stop Watching.” Front Ranges: Collaborations Up and Down the Front Range, &Now Conference, Boulder, CO.
March 19, 2013, “The Plastic and the Rigid: Dreaming Structure in John Berryman’s Dream Songs;” OMG and WTF: John Berryman’s Legacy of Extreme Expression,
Woodberry Poetry Room, Harvard University.
November 30, 2012, “Small Press Publishing,” Counterpath Books, Denver, CO.
March 2, 2012, “The Legacy of Keith and Rosemarie Waldrop, Burning Deck Press,” Associated Writing Programs, Chicago, IL. (Refereed)
March 6, 2011, “Small Press Publishing,” Associated Writing Programs, Washington D.C.
November 13, 2010, “Small Press Publishing,” Naropa University, Boulder, CO.
March 27, 2010, “‘Cunt, Great Mother, Cow or Whore’: Charles Olson’s Unlikely Influence on Contemporary Female Poets,” Olson Centenary Conference, Worcester, MA, (Refereed)
February 1, 2008, “Revisiting Ekphrasis: The Field Report in the Creative Writing Poetry Classroom,” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Forum, Moderator, New York, NY, (Refereed)
March 2, 2007, “Reading to Write: Pound's ABC of Reading in the Undergraduate Classroom,” Associated Writing Programs Pedagogy Forum, Moderator, Atlanta, GA, (Refereed)
October 22, 2005, “To Margin that Mystery: Moving Through Susan Howe's Environments.” Attention / Inattention, Critique and Create, The University of Denver, Denver, CO, (Refereed)
PUBLISHING AND EDITING
2007-present, Poetry Editor, Colorado Review; Summer 2008 received a positive review in Literary Magazine Review.
Summer 2008 & Summer 2009 received positive reviews in New Pages Review: http://www.newpages.com
2006-present, Co-Editor, Bonfire Press
2011, Mountain’s Edge, Broadside by Donald Revell
2011, Roman and Moscow Poems, Chapbook by Martin Corless-Smith
2010, from Called, Broadside by Kate Greenstreet
2009, “Sound,” Broadside by Martha Ronk
2008, The Maximum, Chapbook by Sarah Campbell
2008, Untitled Broadside by Lyn Hejinian
2008, The Abstracted Heart of Hours and Days, Chapbook by Eleni Sikelianos
2008, “To Ric,” Broadside by Alice Notley
2007, Some Kinds of Poems, Chapbook by Graham Foust
2007, Everyone in the Room is a Representative of the World at Large, Chapbook by Catherine Wagner
2007, “Trying to Believe,” Broadside by Claudia Keelan
2006, “The Lost Boy,” Broadside by Bill Tremblay
Selected Graduate Courses:
Graduate Seminar: Hybrid Writing
Form and Technique: Poetry
Graduate Seminar: In the American Grain, Poets and American History
Graduate Seminar: The Ecstasy of Influence
Selected Upper-Division Courses:
Senior Capstone: Major Author, Emily Dickinson
Advanced Poetry Workshop
Selected Lower-Division Courses:
Introduction to American Literature
Introduction to Poetry
Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Modern Women Writers
The Erasure Poem
Department Administration, Committees, and Service
English Department Awards Committee, 2015-present
English Department Undergraduate Committee, 2014-present
English Department GTA Selection Committee-2016
Director of Creative Writing, 2012-2014
Periodic Comprehensive Performance Committee, 2011-2013, 2015-present (chair, 2012-2013 academic year)
English Department Executive Committee, 2010-2012
English Department Graduate Committee, 2007-2010
English Department Creative Writing Committee, 2005-present
English Department Reading Series Committee, 2005-present
“A” Literary Journal Faculty Advisor, 2007-2012
GTA Creative Writing Screeing Committee, 2006-present
Library Acquisitions Project, 2007-2011
Periodic Comprehensive Review Committee, 2011-present
Professional Affiliations and Activities:
Memberships in professional societies
Associated Writing Programs, 2006-present
Co-editor, Bonfire Press, 2006-2011
Co-editor, Colorado Review, 2007-present
Manuscript Refereeing/ Judging:
Judge, Cadigan Prize, Bucknell University, 2016
Judge, English Department Creative Writing Scholarship, 2005-present
Judge, AWP Intro Award, 2005-present
Judge, Ruth Lilly Prize for Poetry 2005-present
Judge, Academy of American Poets Prize, 2005-present
Screening Judge, Colorado Prize for Poetry, 2006 & 2008
OTHER SERVICE AND OUTREACH ACTIVITIES
August 2011-present, reading coach, Bennett Elementary
August 2011-present, poetry teacher, Bennett Elementary
September 2014-present, Sunday school teacher, Plymouth Congregational Church.
October 4, 2007, “Introduction to the Print Shop,” Delivered as part of the Ram Tracks Program, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
September 27, 2007. “Introduction to the Print Shop,” Delivered to Professor Christine Nelson’s History of Graphic Design Course, Colorado State University, CO
June 30, 2007, “Book Binding: An Informal Talk,” Panagea Literary Festival, Fort Collins, CO
February 19, 2007, “The Book Unbound,” English Department Faculty Colloquium, Fort Collins, CO
June 20, 2007, Young Writer’s Workshop, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
May 2, 2006, “Needle to the Page: A Book Making Seminar,” Friends of the Library, Colorado State University Library, Ft. Collins, CO
2005-2006, Development of the Bookmaking/ Book Arts Center
October 7, 2005, “Basic Bookmaking Techniques,” The Literacy Network, Harmony Public Library. Ft. Collins, CO