Pansy Maurer-Alvarez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and emigrated to Switzerland in 1973.  She began writing poetry as a teenager and completed 11 years of literary studies at universities in the US, Spain and later in Switzerland, where she worked for a short time as a teacher and translator.  Upon moving to Paris in 1991, she abandoned plans for furthering her academic career  in order to devote herself to poetry full time;  she was a student of Alice Notley for some twenty years.  Her poems have appeared throughout Europe and the States in such diverse publications as the TLS, Hanging Loose Magazine, LUNGFULL!, La Traductière, Rattapallax, Molly Bloom, Intercapillary Space, Burning Bush 2 and Osiris.  She has work in several anthologies, including Ladies Start Your Engines (Faber and Faber), Final de Entrega (Colectivo Ediciones) and Visiting Dr. Williams (University of Iowa Press). Some of her poems have been translated into French, German and Spanish.  She has read at many venues in France, the UK and the US and has lead workshops in the UK.  Her collections are:  Dolores: The Alpine Years and When the Body Says It’s Leaving  (both from Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn); Lovers Eternally Nearing, a limited edition, fine press collaboration with the Swiss artist Walter Ehrismann, with German translations by Rudolf Bähler (Editions Thomas Howeg, Zurich); Ant-Small and Amorous, with French translations by Anne Talvaz, and In a Form of Suspension ( both from corrupt press, Paris); and Oranges in January (Knives Forks and Spoons Press, UK).  She is a Contributing Editor for the British magazine Tears in the Fence and a former curator of the Poets Live reading series in Paris.


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