Eleanor Lerman is a writer who lives in New York. Her first book of poetry, Armed Love (Wesleyan University Press, 1973), published when she was twenty-one, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She has since published five other award-winning collections of poetry—Come the Sweet By and By (University of Massachusetts Press, 1975); The Mystery of Meteors (Sarabande Books, 2001); Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds (Sarabande Books, 2005); and The Sensual World Re-Emerges (Sarabande Books, 2010), and Strange Life (Mayapple Press, 2014) along with The Blonde on the Train (Mayapple Press, 2009) a collection of short stories. She was awarded the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the Nation magazine for the year's most outstanding book of poetry for Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds and received a 2007 Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first novel, Janet Planet, which is based on the life of Carlos Castaneda, was published in 2011 followed by the speculative fiction novel Radiomen (The Permanent Press, 2015). For four decades, her poetry and short fiction have also been published in numerous literary journals and other venues, both in print and online. She is a member of PEN and of The Authors Guild.
Awards and Recognition
- Guggenheim Fellowship
- NEA Fellowship
- Lenore Marshall Prize
- National Book Award Finalist (Poetry)