Poet, translator, scholar and activist Eleanor Wilner has received many honors, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1991-1996). Her fifth and most recent collection, Reversing the Spell: New and Selected Poems, is a remarkable rewriting of the myths of life and art by one of the most vital and original voices in American poetry. Wilner's work is far-ranging and widely anthologized, and she has participated in a number of multi-disciplinary collaborations in dance and theater.

On the faculty of the MFA Program at Warren Wilson College since 1989, Wilner makes her home in Philadelphia, though she has been Visiting Writer in Hawaii, Iowa, and Japan, and was the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College for 2004-2005.


Poems by Eleanor Wilner


Her Body is Private

Of a Sun She Can Remember

Poetry Center Reading:

Fall 2000 (with Constance Merritt)

Fall 2004 (with Diane Gilliam Fisher)