Elizabeth Gordon (elizak) discovered slam in 2011 and was soon performing on national stages at the National Poetry Slam, the Individual World Poetry Slam, and the Women of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS). In 2014 she represented New York City’s Urbana Slam at WOWPS in Austin, Texas, reaching finals stage. She was a member of Albany’s NY’s 2012 inaugural slam team as well as the 2015 team.
She has performed her work around the U.S with recent features at The Spoken Views Collective in Reno NV, The Drunken Retort venues in Detroit and Landing MI, MO Poetry in Springfield MO, Poet’s House in Erie PA as well as many local and regional slams, bookstores, libraries and community centers. She was keynote speaker at the 2014 LGBTQAI Live Out Loud Conference.
Her themes are (re)claiming her voice/center/Light; breaking free of the binary; radically opening to nature and grace; and calling out the injustices attacking those she loves, and love itself. She sees writing as a form of witness, healing, community-building and joy.
Her first full collection of poetry, Love Cohoes, was published in May 2014 by CDD Books. A Pushcart Prize nominee, she has work at [Pank], Moonshot, Reality Beach, Viral Cat, Ithacalit, Up the River, Indie Feed, Salon (as Kathryn Gordon), and elsewhere. Her creative nonfiction book Walk with Us, Triplet Boys, their Teen Parents and Two White Women who Tagged Along won an Indie Book Award.
Gordon has received grants, awards and residencies from The Jules and Avery Hopwood Award, the Millay Colony, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. She currently lives in Cohoes, NY where she teaches writing and literature courses in the online division of Northhampton Community College. She also leads community workshops.
Contact: 518/364-6813, firstname.lastname@example.org. On facebook: elizabeth k gordon
What they’re saying…
“Poet E.K. Gordon was a literal dynamo in her performance. She enthralled our audience!” Patty Sussmann, Collection Development Librarian, Newburgh Free Library
“Elizabeth Gordon digs in and looks for the parts of experience that hold weight, brings them out, holds them up to the light, owns them. That is the beauty of her poetry. She says things that matter.” Dominique Christina, holder of four national poetry titles and author of The Bones, the Breaking, the Balm: a Colored Girl’s Hymnal (Penmanship Books).
“Elizabeth Gordon is one of the most compelling performers that I have ever witnessed. As a teacher with Bethlehem Schools I headed up the Arts in Education program and traveled to NYC for talent showcases. What I witnessed in her performance last night was no less than mesmerizing.” N. J. Smith, educator
“If the success of poetry is the power of emotion it evokes in its readers/listeners, then Elizag is at the top of the tippest most top.” Evy Kennenwood, fan
“Thanks for the jolt. I heard you recite some of your fine work tonight. It was moving and thought provoking. I owe you tuition in the school of life.” Paul Gecewicz, audience member
“[In the workshops] we amazed one another and sometimes ourselves. My original collection of perhaps two or three books of poetry has grown to a long shelf full of a great assortment. Plus two notebooks full. I even tried my own hand at writing free verse. Each one of us has been enriched, for life by these workshops.” Esther Freidmann, workshop member
Elizabeth, I was so intensely moved by your Wedding Cake poem that I totally bawled my eyes out as I drove home that night. I don’t ever remember a poem having such an effect on me, and I’ve seen a lot of poets!” Painter and Presenter “Pops” Peterson, Great Barrington, MA
“When you hear Elizabeth Gordon perform , you’re not only interested but thoroughly entertained as well as fascinated. What a performance t/u.” Lou O’Neil, retired marine
“Elizag gives middle-aged white ladies a bad name. She can wreck it with the best of them.” Taylor Mali, four-time National Poetry Slam champion and author of What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World (Putnam 2012)