Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer is a poet and installation artist in St. Louis. She is the author of the poetry collections Well Waiting Room (Fordham University Press, 2021) and Cleavemark (BOAAT Press, 2016) and the children’s book The Cloud Lasso (Penny Candy Books, 2019). Her poems and art have appeared in Bomb, Bennington Review, Georgia Review, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, AGNI, Washington Square, At Length, The Offing, Denver Quarterly, LIT, Colorado Review, and on PoetryNow and the Poetry Foundation website, among others. She frequently collaborates with other artists, most recently with Cheryl Wassenaar on the installation The Cabinet of Ordinary Affairs at the Des Lee Gallery. Contact her to schedule a class visit, reading, or other engagement.
Select poems online
“From the Minister of the Cabinet of Desire” in Two Peach
“Modified Continuous Wave: UNANSWD/UNHRD” at Harvard Review
“Outside the Gates of the Jewish Cemetery” on Tupelo Quarterly
“From the Press Secretary of the Interior” and “The Minister of the Cabinet of Self-Preservation” on Diagram
“You Call It a Cloud,” “The Cloud Was not Withholding/Was,” “Cloudproof,” & “Bulletins from the Cloud Cabinet” on Yew
“The Mouse in Me” on Catch & Release (Columbia: A Journal): A stop-motion animation I made of my poem, letterpress printed in salt.
“The Minister of the Cabinet of Talismans & Amulets” & “The Cabinet of Lesser Offenses” on Tarpaulin Sky
“When People Ask” & “Mid-South” on The Bitter Southerner