Jan Heller Levi is the author of two books of poetry, Once I Gazed at You in Wonder, (winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets) and Skyspeak. She is the editor of A Muriel Rukeyser Reader and consulting editor on the 2005 reissue of The Collected Poems of Muriel Rukeyser. She is also coeditor, with Sara Miles, of Directed by Desire: The Collected Poems of June Jordan. Levi lives in New York City with her husband, the Swiss-born novelist and playwright, Christoph Keller, with whom she is completing a biography of Rukeyser. She teaches at Hunter College.
Praise for Jan Heller Levi:
“…a poet whose humanity encompasses both our urge for completeness and our necessary dwelling in the work-in-progress of the world.”
“Jan Heller Levi’s work countervails the implications of this curmudgeonly koan with passional, self-critical intelligence. Ardent yet free of gush, the spontaneity and conversational ease of her poems assure that the quality of wonder, like that of mercy, is not strained.”
“…it’s Levi’s humanity that ultimately won’t let you loose, words as direct as bullets, as kisses.”
Alice James Books