Born in Philadelphia, PA; married; children: one son. Education: Attended St. John's College and Brown University.
Author. Has taught poetry at Brown University, Naropa University, and Al-Akhawayn University, Ifrane, Morocco.
Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly, 1999, for Matinées; National Poetry Series award, 2004, for Starred Wire.
Matinées, Zoland Books (Cambridge, MA), 1999.
Starred Wire, Coffee House Press (Minneapolis, MN), 2005.
Ange Mlinko is a poet whose verses often center around such subjects as urban life, language and how it succeeds and fails, and ideas and objects both seen and unseen. Some of her works tend toward the avant garde, while her constructions "emphasize exuberance, expansion, speed," noted Stephen Burt in Believer. Her first book of poetry, Matinées, "portrayed her as the product of one place and time: Northeast Corridor America in the late-indie-rock era, with a faux-slapdash, sociable concentration very, very close to Frank O'Hara's," commented Burt. In Starred Wire, her second collection, each poem "has a different natural rhythm, and all leave a vibrant imprint on the senses," reported a Bookwatch critic. "With quick, clever lines that move by rhythm rather than by reasoning," the poems "achieve a surreal and dreamlike atmosphere," stated Library Journal reviewer Diane Scharper.
Her work's "quotient of pure pleasure … means that even readers used to smoother fare ought to delight in her manifold ways," commented a Publishers Weekly contributor. The poetry in Starred Wire "comes out of a decidedly downtown, evasive, antiprose-sense tradition: it's hardly abstract, but it's not often narrative either," Burt noted. Mlinko's "intoxicating, cerebral poems display a unique sense of humor and mystery," observed a reviewer in the New Yorker.
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Bookwatch, March, 2006, review of Starred Wire.
Library Journal, April 1, 2006, Diane Scharper, review of Starred Wire, p. 98.
New Yorker, August 29, 2005, "Poets and Poetry," review of Starred Wire, p. 83.
Publishers Weekly, June 27, 2005, review of Starred Wire, p. 55.
Believer,http://www.believermag.com/ (May 16, 2007), Stephen Burt, review of Starred Wire.
Chicago Postmodern Poetry,http://www.chicagopostmodernpoetry.com/ (May 16, 2007), interview with Ange Mlinko.
Poetry Foundation Web site,http://www.poetryfoundation.org/ (May 16, 2007), biography of Ange Mlinko.
Readme,http://home.jps.net/~nada/ (May 17, 2007), interview with Ange Mlinko.