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Ana Elsner's Biography

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Jan 2008

"To create true poetry requires hunger and passion, and Ana Elsner has it, in spades." –Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Ana Elsner was born in the British sector of postwar Germany and was educated in Europe and the U.S. During her studies at Georgetown University, she decided to make her home in the States. Ana Elsner holds a Magister Artium in Applied Linguistics  (Sprachwissenschaft). 
She taught ESL and later worked at two publishing houses. Eventually, she pursued a career in business and is now retired and living in Northern California.

Ana Elsner is engaged in writing broad ranging prose and poetry. She supports a variety of humanitarian causes as a volunteer and adviser. 

Ana Elsner's writing gives testimony about the human condition as observed through her eyes. She has given solo readings on live Internet radio and video broadcasts and on Public Access TV.  She is a frequent featured speaker at libraries, seminars and other educational venues. She conducts informal poetry workshops and supports creative writing in any literary genre.

Ana Elsner's poems have been published in seven countries in the original English text and in translation. An abbreviated list of international literary magazines, journals and anthologies that feature the work of Ana Elsner:

PRIVATE - International Review of Poetry and Photography, # 40, "Crossing Boundaries", Spring 2008, Castel Bolognese, Italy; Rattlesnake Review, a quarterly of poetry and art, issue #23; The BEATITUDE 1959-2009 Golden Anniversary Issue, edited by Latif Harris and Neeli Cherkovski;  CONTEMPORAN LITERAR ORIZONT, Revistă de cultură şi spiritualitate contemporană (Contemporary & Literary Horizon), Nr. 7, 2009, Bucureşti (Bucharest), Romania, editor Daniel Dragomirescu; Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, Vol 27, #1, a project of CounterPULSE, a California non-profit corporation; Der Dreischneuß - Zeitschrift für Literatur, Nr. 21, "Labyrinthe", 2009 Marien Blatt Verlag, Lübeck, Germany, Herausgeberin Regine Mönkemeier; The Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts Anthology, Rack-n-Pinion Press, editor Daniel Yaryan; CAVEAT LECTOR, a magazine dedicated to literature, social and cultural criticism, philosophy, and the arts, Vol. 20, # 2, editors Christopher Bernard and Ho Lin;  Arkhai, Revue trans- et inter-disciplinaire, Numéro 14, 2009, Lausanne, Switzerland, Ákos Dobay, Rédacteur; THE GATHERING, a poetry anthology published by the Coolbrith Society; Conclave: A Journal of Character, International annual print journal of fiction, poetry, and photography, Issue 2, 2009, editor Valya Dudycz Lupescu; Poetry Salzburg Review, PSR 17, Salzburg, Austria, editor Dr. Wolfgang Görtschacher; Ambush Review - Poems for the 21st Century, Premiere Issue, 2010, Co-Editors Bob Booker and Patrick Cahill; Quiet Lightning - Sparkle & Blink #8, the 2010 Litquake Lit Crawl issue, editor Evan Karp. 

In addition to writing her own poems and haiku, Ana Elsner is translating the poems of Paul Celan into English in an ongoing project.

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Ana Elsner's latest book of poetry, 'Ciphers Of Uncommon Origin: Poems by Ana Elsner', Volume I, was published in June 2007 by InstaPLANET Press, Language Maker Poetry Series.

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AWARDS AND PRIZES - Ana Elsner:

Pushcart Prize Nominee 2010 - nominated by the editors of CONCLAVE for the prose poem Sobs For Annie Parks

Grand Prize Winner - Artists Embassy International Dancing Poetry Awards 2010

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Libraries and Directories

- Poets House National Poetry Library, New York, NY

- The San Francisco Public Library, SFPL Main, Poetry Collection

- The Directory of American Poetry Books

- Open Library, a project of the non-profit Internet Archive

- The International Poetry Library of San Francisco

- P&W Directory of American Poets and Writers

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Projects in the works:

Phrase and Paraphrase - Poems by Ana Elsner

Resurrected Omissions - Poems and Translations by Ana Elsner

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Poet’s Statement

"My work is seasoned by a life lived in a great diversity of cultural contexts, which enables me to transcend the limits of onedimensionality. Although often provocative and (self) critical in tone, and neologistic in language, I consider my poems to be ageless and intellectually and emotionally accessible to a broad and diverse readership."
Ana Elsner

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Dedication

Ana Elsner has dedicated her work to raising the popularity and status of poetry. She believes in free and equal access to poetry for a wide and diverse audience worldwide. She makes it her mission to mentor and encourage young poets.

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Past Engagements

POETRY IN BLACK AND WHITE - DEVORAH MAJOR AND ANA ELSNER IN DIALOGUE

THE SECOND NIGHT OF POETRY AT THE MUSEUM WITH HOST ANA ELSNER 

INVADING THE CAFE SOCIETY - THE ANA ELSNER SHOW

BEATNIK REDUX WITH PEACE POET ANA ELSNER ON LOCATION AT THE BEAT MUSEUM

CELEBRATING THE DAY OF THE DEAD  

THE SF PUBLIC LIBRARY PRESENTS FEATURED POET ANA ELSNER

GRAND PRIZE WINNING POEM BY ANA ELSNER PERFORMED BY DANCE THEATER COMPANY

POEMS MAKE THE WORD GO ROUND 

Future Engagements

Ana Elsner is available to feature at literary events, readings, panel discussions, seminars, workshops and educational venues. For inquiries please contact her publisher by email: poetry (at) press.instaplanet (dot) com

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Purchase Books

Ciphers Of Uncommon Origin - Poems By Ana Elsner, Volume I, is available for purchase at

The Beat Museum, 540 Broadway, San Francisco

Bird & Beckett Books, 653 Chenery Street, San Francisco

The Modern Times Books Collective, 888 Valencia Street, San Francisco

online directly from the publisher InstaPLANET Press

and at all of Ana Elsner's public reading engagements and featured poetry events (see sidebar) where the Poet will sign your copy of Ciphers by request.

Ana Elsner supports independent bookstores

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EDITORS' CHOICES - A partial list of poems by Ana Elsner that were selected and published in various international anthologies and literary magazines:

Forgetting Eyes in PRIVATE, Italy;
Pound Cake in Rattlesnake Review, USA;
Flirting in CAVEAT LECTOR, USA;
Der Gerechte Weg in Der Dreischneuß, Germany;
Confession in Sparring With Beatnik Ghosts, USA;
Canon in Words in Contemporary & Literary Horizon, Romania;
Three Haiku in The Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, USA;
Entranced and Find Me in Arkhai, Switzerland;
Diane di Prima in AMBUSH REVIEW, USA;
Incubation in Poetry Salzburg Review, Austria.

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Upcoming Works

(1) Phrase and Paraphrase - Poems by Ana Elsner, slated to be published in Spring 2011 [© Ana Elsner]

(2) Resurrected Omissions - Poems and Translations by Ana Elsner, slated for publication Summer 2012 [© Ana Elsner]

Publishers

InstaPLANET Press