The new is not Hollywood and it is not America and it is not the
founding fathers or the avant-garde who, like Jessica Alba, are
made of "lite toxicity." There is a seductive and false new, a
California of “the naggy sunshine & / the mean & stupid fucks,”
but there is revolution, a “tender cocktail,” and also birth, which
in all of its muddiness offers that “the new animal is / born of the
new animal.” These poems are a delicate unanesthetized surgery
in no sterile, metallic arena. Treadwell does her work with steady
hands but in the unsteady open, extracting what value of the
future remains even in a world with the rich “in their prissy
communes,” even among the texting “platinum herd.”
"Elizabeth Treadwell's is a difficult but deeply rewarding poetry.
It has a precision and a tenderness all of its own."
—Nathan Thompson, Stride
"If you want a feminist invention that is at once comic
and confident, melodic and bizarre, affectionate and committed
to its principles—then Treadwell is the next poet for you."
—Stephen Burt, The Believer
"This is a feminine poetry, marvelous, tough, and unrelenting...
Treadwell subverts and exposes unconsciously internalized
stereotypes and voices, breaking language down, and then
releasing the reader to make her own understanding. The result
isn't narrative--and is not always even mood or atmosphere,
but a series of rising challenges that relax into moments
of clear beauty."—Maureen Thorson, Boog City
"Elizabeth Treadwell's writing, in which human (usually female)
figures appear amidst fantastically embroidered surfaces,
volubility, humor, and intelligence in spades.
[Chantry is] a radiant sourcebook."—Joyelle McSweeney, Rain Taxi
as contributor, The European-San Francisco Poetry Festival Book
2001 (City Lights, 2001)
as editor, Lucy House: An Anthology of Prose (Double Lucy Books,
as contributor, An Avec Sampler # 2 (Avec Books, 1998)
Work has appeared in Aufgabe, Barrow Street, Chain, Delirious Hem, Generator, The Germ,
How2, jubilat, Kenning, LUNGFULL!, mem, Mirage, Primary Writing, Shearsman, Tinfish, Traffic, Tripwire, two
The World, Womens Studies Quarterly, & elsewhere