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Elise Hempel

Elise Hempel’s poems have appeared in numerous journals over the years, including Poetry, Measure, Valparaiso Poetry Review, the Evansville Review, and the Midwest Quarterly, as well as in Ted Kooser’s weekly column, American Life in Poetry. She is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the winner of the 2015 Able Muse Write Prize in Poetry and is a finalist in the 2016 Richard Peterson Poetry Prize from Crab Orchard Review. Her first full-length poetry collection, Second Rain, was released in summer 201


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