Marsha de la O’s new book from Pitt Poetry Series, Every Ravening Thing, came out in Spring 2019. Antidote for Night won the 2015 Isabella Gardner Award and was published by BOA Editions. Her first book, Black Hope, was awarded the New Issues Press Poetry Prize and was published by New Issues Press, Western Michigan University in 1997. In 1998, Black Hope won an Editors’ Choice, Small Press Book Award. Her other awards include the Morton Marcus Poetry Award and the da Poetry Award. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College, and has published extensively, including recent poems in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner. De La O lives in Ventura, California, with her husband, poet and editor Phil Taggart. Together, they produce poetry readings and events in Ventura County and edit the literary journal Spillway.

About her new collection, Chase Twichell said "Every Ravening Thing is the most exciting book I’ve read in a very long time. At its heart is a profound empathy for human suffering of all kinds, but the poems offer neither solace nor cure. Each feels like a brave experiment that extracts a question from the world then answers it. In almost every poem I feel an unanticipated shock of recognition, which happens only when profundity, clarity, and a fierce allegiance to truth combine in one intelligence. Tough, searing, and dangerous, these are among the rare necessary poems of our age."

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