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Pleiades Book Review

Dolls, Freaks, Art: American Poets Creating a New Mythology by Christine Butterworth-McDermott

Very happy about the glowing review of Devil’s Paintbrush in The Pleiades Book Review by Christine Butterworth-McDermott in which she says “Alvarez’s work is blessed by unique language” and “her world is one in which self-made magic, how we observe and envision and assemble, becomes paramount to full engagement.” Feeling very honored, thank you Pleiades, Christine Butterworth-McDermott, and Bauhan Publishing.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Publishers Weekly has written a wonderful review of Devil’s Paintbrush!


Devil's PaintbrushMythical and magical, this debut collection from painter and poet Alvarez portrays human behavior as an interconnected aspect of nature’s kingdom. Alvarez slowly, steadily peels back onion-skin layers of history in order to uncover elements of the sublime. Often structuring her poems as series of declarative statements, she utilizes sharp language that never distracts from the central mood or atmosphere. She recounts history, whether personal or cultural, not with …read more

Poetry Reading at Juilliard

I’ll be reading from my new book Devil’s Paintbrush (winner of the 2015 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize) at The Juilliard School on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 6:00 pm with poets Helen Klein Ross and Danniel Schoonebeek.

Three Muses Reading series, The Glorya Kaufman Studio, The Juilliard School, 2nd Floor, 65th St. west of Broadway, New York City


2011 Poetry Fellowship, New York Foundation for the Arts

NYFA Poetry Fellowship:
Desirée Alvarez (New York)

New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the nation’s largest provider of funding, information and services to individual artists, awarded 115 NYFA Fellowships to 118 New York artists representing eight artistic disciplines.

This year’s 105 NYFA Fellows – who were chosen from among over 3,692 applicants in five categories – including Crafts/Sculpture; Digital/Electronic Work; Nonfiction Literature; Printmaking/Drawing/Book Arts, and Poetry. The Fellows were selected by peer panels, which were assembled with representatives from each artistic discipline.