Marci Vogel

A native of Los Angeles, where she co-curates the 3rd Area Poetry Series, Marci Vogel has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the AWP Intro Journals Award. Her work appears or is forthcoming in many publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Colorado Review, ZYZZYVA, and Seneca Review. She enters USC's Literature and Creative Writing PhD Program this fall as a Provost's Fellow.

Forthcoming - August 2012

Valiant "Valiant has the reach and reckoning and gravitas, the subterranean interlock of story and theme, of a much longer work. Its fearless awareness, of present and past, is at one with the art of its making: Marci Vogel’s prowling formal restlessness is twinned by playful hyper-alertness to diction, anchored in passing LA-quotidian detail and in the recurrent echoes of myth, religion and personal loss. This book has wings—not the wax wings that keep entering the conversation, but victorious ones: more like the wings of the Phoenix."
-Sarah Maclay, author of Music for the Black Room-
"The poems in Marci Vogel’s debut collection Valiant form a garland of courage. Whether it is a father’s suicide, ice cream melting in the car, dreams that refuse fruition, or traveling on the 405 Freeway, the poet-heart here knows it takes bravery not just to look but to see life's harder, irreconcilable edges. “Is there a question you are holding? Ask it now?” Vogel queries with such fully embodied compassion and sweetness that we want to travel with her. This is a book that claims Los Angeles the place (the Getty, LAX, freeways, and movies) as fodder for spiritual inquiry. The holding note of the collection is the lost father; his absence moves through poems in tremolo. Marci Vogel’s poetic anvil has hit the mark: Valiant sparks with Light and insight."
–Gretchen Mattox, author of Buddha Box-
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Zocálo Public Square
"My Brother Visits Our Mutual Place of Birth""Knock Knock" "Back to School, 2001"
Stone Hobo
"In Surprise, Arizona"
The Review Review

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