Amy Gerstler Reads

Amy Gerstler Reads 4 Poems

A graduate of Pitzer College and Bennington College, Gerstler has taught at the Art Center College of Design, the University of Southern California, and the Bennington Writing Seminars program. She lives in California with her husband, the artist and author Benjamin Weissman.

Poet, fiction writer, and journalist. Visiting professor of creative writing, University of California at Irvine, 1996. Performer of text-works and collaborator on installations in museums, including Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, and Josh Baer Gallery.

Yonder, Little Caesar Press, 1981.
Christy’s Alpine Inn, Sherwood Press, 1982.
White Marriage/ Recovery, Illuminati (Los Angeles), 1984.
Early Heaven, Ouija Madness Press, 1984.
The True Bride, Lapis Press (Santa Monica, CA), 1986.
Bitter Angel, North Point Press (San Francisco, CA), 1990, reprinted, Carnegie Mellon University Press (Pittsburgh, PA), 1997.
Nerve Storm, Viking-Penguin (New York City), 1993.
Crown of Weeds, Penguin (New York City), 1997.
Medicine, Penguin, 2000.
Ghost Girl, Penguin Books, 2004.
Dearest Creature, Penguin Books, 2009.


Martine’s Mouth, Illuminati, 1985.?
Primitive Man, Hanuman Books (New York City), 1987.
(With Alexis Smith) Past Lives, Santa Monica Museum of Art (Santa Monica, CA), 1989.
?(With Carol S. Eliel and Lari Pittman) Lee Mullican: An Abundant Harvest of Sun, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2005.?
(Guest editor) The Best American Poetry 2010, Scribner’s, 2010.

Contributor of articles to periodicals, including Art Forum and Los Angeles Times.
Further Reading

Gerstler, Amy, Bitter Angel,North Point Press (San Francisco, CA), 1990.
Gerstler, Amy, Nerve Storm, Viking-Penguin (New York City), 1993.


American Book Review,January-March, 1991, pp. 27, 29.
American Poetry Review,January-February, 1991, pp. 37-47.
Booklist, October 1, 1993; June 1, 2000, Donna Seaman, review of Medicine,p. 1839.
Library Journal, September 1, 2000, Ann K. van Buren, review of Medicine,p. 214.
Los Angeles Times Book Review,April 8, 1984, p. 6.
New York Times,December 14, 1990.
Publishers Weekly, December 22, 1989, pp. 4-5; October 18, 1993, p. 69; June 5, 2000, review of Medicine,p. 90.
Voice Literary Supplement,February, 1990, pp. 7-8.
Washington Post Book World, March 3, 1991, pp. 6-7.

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