Lauren Russell is the author of the chapbooks Dream-Clung, Gone (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012) and The Empty-Handed Messenger (Goodbye Better, 2009). She is an M.F.A. student at the University of Pittsburgh, where she also teaches writing and serves as an editor of Hot Metal Bridge.
Lauren Russell’s first full-length book, What’s Hanging on the Hush, will be out from Ahsahta Press in 2017. She is the author of the chapbook Dream-Clung, Gone (Brooklyn Arts Press), and her poems have appeared in Better, boundary 2, jubilat, PingPong, and Tarpaulin Sky, among others. Her reviews may be found in Aster(ix), The Volta, Jacket2, and elsewhere. Russell has received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and Cave Canem, and she was the 2016 VIDA Fellow to the Home School. Starting in June, she will be a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and Assistant Director of the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics there.
Lauren Russell is the author of Descent (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2020), winner of the Poetry Society of America’s 2021 Annie Rabinowitz Award, and What’s Hanging on the Hush (Ahsahta Press, 2017). She was a 2017 NEA fellow in poetry and is an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities and director of the RCAH Center for Poetry at Michigan State University. Russell wrote an earlier draft of this sequence at a residency at Passa Porta, International House of Literature, in 2019. “I got stuck in the pipe” was originally published in Passa Porta’s magazine.