Leslie Scalapino was an American poet, experimental prose writer, playwright, essayist, and editor. She was sometimes grouped in with the Language poets, though she felt more closely tied to the Beat poets. A longtime resident of California's Bay Area, she earned an M.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley. One of Scalapino's most critically well-received works is way, won the Poetry Center Award, the Lawrence Lipton Prize, and the American Book Award. Scalapino was also the founder of O Books.
The Return of Painting, The Pearl, and Orion: A Trilogy
The novels in this trilogy are not novels in any conventional sense. Scalapino rejects the orderly development of plot and character, striking instead at what she perceives to be the radical chaos of human experience by writing from an ever-shifting multitude of perspectives.
Green and Black: Selected Writings
This volume brings together representative works and passages from Scalapino’s poetry and prose.
"What makes this writing go is an incredible ease. A sense of a text that is capable of breathing." - Village Voice