San Francisco-based performance poet Daphne Gottlieb stitches together the ivory tower and the gutter just using her tongue. She is the author and/or editor of five award-winning books, with a sixth on the way.
Most recently, she was the author of the graphic novel, Jokes and the Unconscious, featuring the artwork of Hothead Paisan’s illustrator, Diane DiMassa. Released in Fall 2006 on Cleis Press, the book was promptly called “brilliant and unsettling” by Publisher’s Weekly. Gottlieb is best-known as the poet behind Final Girl (Soft Skull Press, 2003), Why Things Burn (Soft Skull Press, 2001) and Pelt (Odd Girls Press, 1999). Final Girl was the winner of the Audre Lorde Award in Poetry for 2003 from Publishing Triangle. Additionally, Final Girl was named one of The Village Voice‘s “Favorite Books of 2003.” Why Things Burn was the winner of a 2001 Firecracker Alternative Book Award (Special Recognition — Spoken Word) and was also a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for 2001. Kissing Dead Girls, a new full-length book of poetry, is expected in Spring of 2007.
Gottlieb currently teaches at New College of California, and has performed and taught creative writing workshops around the country, from high schools and colleges to community centers. She received her MFA from Mills College.