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Elise Houcek is a writer, artist, teacher and graduate of the MFA
program at the University of Notre Dame. Her writing has appeared or
is forthcoming in Relegation Books' R&R Magazine, 
COPENHAGEN, The Cleveland Review of Books, Keith LLC, APARTMENT Poetry, NOMATERIALISM, TAGVVERK, New Delta Review, DIAGRAM, Prelude and elsewhere in print and online and has been supported by residencies from Art Farm and a fellowship from the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for Environmental Education. Her poetry chapbook, So Neon Was the Rope (dancing girl press, 2023), was a finalist for the 2021 James Tate Prize from SurVision and a semi-finalist for the 2021 Tomaž Šalamun Prize from Verse. Her poetic novel, TRACTATUS, is available now from Spuyten Duyvil. She also has a pamphlet, The Leafsout with The Creative Writing Department. She is currently working on a novel, and an absurdist multimedia neo-noir in collaboration with Zoe Darsee

Previously, she has worked as a preschool teacher, an in-home caregiver, and as a seasonal worker at JC Penney primarily folding clothes in the children's section. She holds a certificate in psychedelic counseling/integration and is a hospice volunteer.

She also runs Ludi Juvenales, a childhood art and poetry series.



"It cannot be cut or burned;

it cannot be wet or withered;

it is enduring, all-pervasive, 

fixed, immovable, and timeless."

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