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Hi there! My name is Elyse Hart, and I'm a poet living in Venice Beach, California with my cats Asher and Fiona Apple.
I've been writing poetry since I was nine years old, and though my early work will never see the light of day, I've continued to write and hone my craft over the years. I didn't study writing or literature in school—I was a psych major—but I rediscovered my love for poetry through Beyond Baroque's Wednesday Night Workshop. The encouragement I received from fellow writers inspired me to submit my work to literary magazines, and I'm proud to say that my work has been published in a variety of them.
My poetry tends to focus on a few different styles. I enjoy writing micropoetry, which allows me to be efficient and say a lot with as few words as possible. My micropoems often explore existential themes and feelings of disconnection. On the other end of the spectrum, I also write ekphrastic poetry inspired by Instagram photos, which tend to be lighter and include some humor and introspection. Finally, I write found poetry that addresses the political topic of reproductive rights, and aims to convey the reality of people who bear the burden of pregnancy.
I've published two collections of poetry so far. My book Poems for Squares: 29 Instagram Accounts in Verse (Lint Ball Press) received praise from some of my poetry heroes including Rich Ferguson, who called it "a vibrant and inventive collection." Another ekphrastic poet, Camille Guthrie, said that the book "expanded ekphrastic poetry's possibilities." I've also published a micropoetry chapbook, White Noise Crucible, through Bottlecap Press or through my shop.
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Concert Review in CVNC
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