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Praise for Well Waiting Room

“These are poems of fierce wit, intense grief, and immense linguistic beauty, that pose—in tones alternately harrowing, savage, heartbreaking, and droll—the most urgent philosophical, moral, and spiritual questions of our time.” —Lee Ann Roripaugh, author of tsunami vs. the fukushima 50

“I’m in awe of these razor-sharp poems and the acuity with which they capture our desires and sorrows, our desperate measures and attempts at careful measuring.”—Jessica Baran, author of Equivalents

Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer is a writer, poet, and artist in St. Louis.

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She is the author of the poetry collections Well Waiting Room (Fordham University Press, 2021) and Cleavemark (BOAAT Press, 2016), as well as The Cloud Lasso (Penny Candy Books, 2019), a children’s book. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her poems and art have appeared in Bomb Magazine, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Bennington Review, Iowa Review, AGNI, The Offing, Denver Quarterly, LIT, Colorado Review, Washington Square, on the Poetry Foundation site, and elsewhere.

Stephanie is available for freelance writing, editing, marketing, and creative projects. She provides a variety creative services to businesses, organizations, and individuals across diverse industries, including retail, commercial real estate, higher education, and art/architecture/design. Projects include digital marketing and communications, creative concepts and strategy, promotional brochures, video scripts, email marketing, advertising, grant writing, product catalogs, essays + reviews, and product development. She currently works in the Communications Office in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

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