B. K. Fischer

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Poet Laureate of Westchester County, 2021-

B. K. Fischer was born in New York. She holds a BA from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, an MFA in poetry from Columbia University, and a PhD in English and American literature from New York University.

Fischer is the author of Ceive (BOA Editions, 2021), a finalist for the 2021 National Book Critics Circle Award; Radioapocrypha (Ohio State University Press, 2018), winner of The Journal Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize; My Lover’s Discourse (Tinderbox Editions, 2018); St. Rage’s Vault (The Word Works, 2013), winner of the Washington Prize; and Mutiny Gallery (Truman State University Press, 2011), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize.

The author of Museum Mediations: Reframing Ekphrasis in Contemporary American Poetry (Routledge, 2006), Fischer is former poetry editor of Boston Review and teaches The Comma Sutra in the School of the Arts at Columbia University. She lives in Sleepy Hollow, New York and is currently the first poet laureate of Westchester County. In 2022, Fischer received an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship.