Lisa Jarnot was born in Buffalo, New York, in 1967. After studying with the poet Robert Creeley at the University of Buffalo, she earned her MFA from Brown University. Her poetry is known for its startling yet inviting aesthetic. Jarnot has commented, “I think poems are always collage on some level. . . . Collage is a way to force awareness out of the random flow of information that’s constantly bombarding us.” She lives in Sunnyside, New York.
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