Paisley Rekdal

Paisley Rekdal is the author of Appropriate: A Provocation, released in February 2021, which examines cultural appropriation. Other books include The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee (essays);  a photo-text memoir, Intimate; the book-length essay, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam; six books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, Imaginary Vessels, and Nightingale, which rewrites myths in Ovid’s The Metamorphoses. She is the guest editor for Best American Poetry 2020. Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes, Narrative’s Poetry Prize, the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series and on National Public Radio, among others. She is a Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web projects Mapping Literary Utah and Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate and received a 2019 Academy of American Poets’ Poets Laureate Fellowship.