Dr. Elisa Karbin

Elisa Karbin
Dr. Elisa KarbinMarquette University

Marquette Hall, 243

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-0688

Teaching Assistant Professor


Elisa Karbin holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing with a focus in Poetry and Poetics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she was a James A. Sappenfield and Tinsley Helton Dissertation Fellow, with a published chapbook, Snare (Finishing Line Press, 2018) to her credit, along with a robust journal publication record, including poems that have recently appeared or are forthcoming in CutBank, Crazyhorse, Indiana Review, West Branch, and Blackbird, among others. Karbin’s full-length poetry collection, The Auspices, has been a finalist in several nationwide contests and prizes, including the 2019 Ballard Spahr Prize for Poetry, Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry, and the 2019 BOAAT Book Prize

Karbin has been teaching post-secondary English and writing for the last 7 years, most recently as Visiting Assistant Professor of English at The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She lives in Shorewood with her two cats and is enthusiastically learning to watercolor.

Courses Taught

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Poetry and Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • Rhetoric and Composition
  • Creative Writing: Poetry
  • College Writing and Research

Research Interests

  • Modernist Poetry
  • American Women Poets
  • The Long Poem
  • 20th Century Ekphratic Poetry
  • Postmodernist Queer Poetry
  • Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Film
  • Cinepoetics

Professional Affiliations

  • Modern Language Association, 2017-present
  • Poetry Society of America, 2016-present
  • AWP, 2011-present   
  • The OScholars, 2009-present



Snare (chapbook collection) Finishing Line Press, 2018 

Anthologized Work

“Elegy,” Verse Weekly, October 2011 

Individual Poems

“Vanitas: Self with Milkglass Ashtray” Bluestem, forthcoming 2020 

“Stop Consonant” Cutbank Literary Journal, Fall 2019 

“Mythos” Poet Lore, Fall 2019 

“Metamorphosis,” “On Salt,” “What Becomes a Ghost” Crazyhorse, Summer 2019 

“Letter of Inquiry” The Talking Cure at Entropy Magazine, Spring 2019 

“Naming the Dead” Potomac Review, Fall 2018 

“Tautology” Anti-Heroin Chic, Fall 2018 

“Pretty Girls Don’t Sweat” and “Ideation” Bad Pony, Winter 2018 

“Hypnagogia” Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Winter 2018 

“Summer Squall” Crab Orchard Review, Winter 2018 

“Marching,” “UNB 345,” “Apparition,” “Record,” “When You Are Dead” (As series “A

Longing for Wilderness Reveals Itself”) Notre Dame Review, Winter 2018 

“Revision in Studio” and “An Interpretation of Dreams” Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Winter 2018 

“Coda” and “Afterimage” Indiana Review, Summer 2017 

“Modern History” Stirring: A Literary Collection, Spring 2017 

“Body Heat” Emerge Literary Journal, Fall 2016 

“Cotard’s Delusion” Gulf Stream Lit Mag, Fall 2015 

“Retrograde” and “Rebellion” Quarterly West, Fall 2015 

“Deep Spring” and “Blood Orange as Study” Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Summer 2015 

“Persephone Sleeps Through Summer” The Blueshift Journal, Summer 2015 

“Self as Cenotaph” The Collagist, Summer 2015 

“Milk-Eyed Ophelia Corresponds” and “Mothering” West Branch, Spring 2015 

“Ordinary Phenomena” Boxcar Poetry, Spring 2015 

“Solstice” RHINO Poetry, Spring 2015 

“The Auspices” Blackbird, Spring 2015 

“Terraria” and “Plague Doctor” The Journal, Winter 2014 

“Cobbling” and “Yellow Curtains, Parted” Hawai’i Review, Fall 2013 

“Seder,” Poetica Magazine¸ Spring 2012 

“Upon Waking in Five Center,” Breath and Shadow, Winter, 2012 

“On Genesis,” Right Hand Pointing, #45, September 2011 

“Elegy,” Lily Lit Review, September 2011 

“Visiting,” Barnwood International Poetry, 11.6, Fall 2011 

“Spring Elegy,” “My Grandfather Wakes from a Dream, 1938,” “Losing,” “Levity” Miranda Literary Magazine, 11.6, Summer 2009 


“On ‘A Longing for Wilderness Reveals Itself’: with Elisa Karbin.” Notre Dame Review (February            2018): online 

“Among the Soot-strewn, Some Pink Amulet”: An Interview with Elisa Karbin. The Collagist            (December 2017): online


Additional Information

Office Hours

Spring 2023


Teaching Schedule 

Spring 2023

  • 3250/106 Online
    • Lifewriting, Creativity and Community
  • 3250/107 Online
    • Lifewriting, Creativity and Community

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