National Book Critics Circle Award Winner / National Book Award Finalist
The poems of Ada Limón explore the large, unavoidable subjects that come with being human: death and loss, art and faith, and the strange, vulnerable miracle of existing in a body. Her writing is precise in its attention to the details of our everyday, intimate, private lives while at the same time being conscious of broader political and social concerns that intersect with those lives.
Former United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith calls Limón “a poet of ecstatic revelation” whose work is marked by “deep wisdom and urgent vulnerability.”
Limón has published five books of poetry, most recently The Carrying, winner of the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. Her other books are Lucky Wreck (2006), This Big Fake World (2006), Sharks in the Rivers (2010), and Bright Dead Things (2015), which was a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.
Limón teaches in the low-residency M.F.A. program of Queens University of Charlotte, as well as in the on-line program of the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. She divides her time between Lexington, Kentucky, and Sonoma, California, where she was raised.
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