Alumna Gnaomi Siemens '18 Awarded Poetry Society of New York Micro-Residency

BY Zoe Contros Kearl, May 9, 2019

Headshot of Gnaomi SiemensAlumna Gnaomi Siemens '18 was awarded The Poetry Society of New York Micro-Residency at The New York Public Library. Presented in partnership with the Poetry Society of New York, micro-residencies give New York City poets the space and time to create art and engage with the public.


For National Poetry Month the Poetry Society of New York teamed up with some of NYC's most forward-thinking cultural institutions to give busy poets exactly what they need: a small chunk of time devoted to writing. The mission of The Micro-Residency program is to carve out that small window of time for working poets in stimulating environments and to demystify poetry by exposing the public to contemporary poets at work.


Siemens holds an MFA from Columbia University School of The Arts in poetry and literary translation. Her writings can be found in Asymptote, Words Without Borders, The Believer, Slice Magazine, Europe Now Journal, The American Journal of Poetry, and is forthcoming from Ossian MagazineBrazenhead Review, and American Chordata. Her manuscript, The Wife’s Lament: New Translations From Old English, a selection of poems from The Exeter Book, is forthcoming and will be accompanied by prints by UK artist, Morag Eaton of Foldyard Gallery, Berwick-Upon-Tweed. Her own first book of poems, The Errant, is also forthcoming.


Siemens recently gave readings of her translations at The British Library's Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms exhibit in London. Ever since her mother taught her to read at the age of three using vintage books from public library book sales (from Dick & Jane to Beatrix Potter) in California's Bay Area, libraries have been an integral part of Siemens’ reading and writing life. Siemens has said that the New York Public Library's Mid-Manhattan branch is the dream zenith of her scholarly and poetic explorations.