Lyn Lifshin: Queen of the Small Presses, shares secrets to her long-time success

I’m talking today with poet Lyn Lifshin.  Considered to be one of the most prolific poets in modern times, Lyn Lifshin’s poetry books number more than 125. Her works have appeared in most poetry and literary magazines in the country. Her readings and personal appearances across the country at numerous venues, colleges and universities number more than 1000. Lyn has been Poet in Residence at the University of Rochester, Antioch, and Colorado Mountain College. She is the winner of numerous awards including the Jack Kerouac Award for her book Kiss The Skin Off, and Lyn is the subject of the documentary film, Lyn Lifshin: Not Made of Glass. For her unfailing dedication to the small presses which first published her, and for surviving on her own, apart from any major publishing house or academic institution, Lifshin has earned the distinction “Queen of the Small Presses.” She has been praised by Robert Frost, Ken Kesey and Richard Eberhart. Ed Sanders has called her “a modern Emily Dickinson.” Lyn’s poem “No More Apologizing” has been called “among the most impressive documents of the women’s poetry movement” by Alicia Ostriker. More…

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