Lisa Samuels has published two poetry books, LETTERS(Meow Press, 1996) and The Seven Voices(O Books, 1998). She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1997, publishes work on twentieth-century poetry and poetics, and teaches creative writing and literature at Eastern Michigan University. She guest edited an issue of Modern Language Studies (1997, on "Poetry and the Problem of Beauty") and edited (with an introduction) a reprint of Laura Riding's Anarchism Is Not Enough, forthcoming from University of California Press. Like Laura Riding, Lisa Samuels is smart as the devil and knows more about the enticements and enhancements of reception theory than any mortal should. Through a compostial alchemy, her writing transforms the basic parts of speech and the parts of the body into a pronomial paradise. We're all implicated in the Samuels inquisition.
May 26, 2000