Margot Douaihy

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Originally from Pennsylvania, Margot Douaihy now lives in a 200-year-old farmhouse in Massachusetts, once owned by an American luthier who made Stradivarius-style model violins. When living in New York, Margot lived in the building once inhabited by Allen Ginsberg. In addition to being a writer, journalist and published poet, Margot also teaches yoga and qigong and is currently a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at Lancaster University. She is editor of the Northern New England Review and was a 2016 Lambda Literary Award Finalist. 

Current Publication:

SCRANTON LACE - Clemson University Press - 20 Feb 2018

Mirroring the narrative possibilities of fabric that is both luxury and utility, Scranton Lace occupies the space between the real and imagined. Forty-four poems and twenty illustrations interact to explore themes ranging from interarts expression to the time/timelessness of derelict spaces to queerness and love. The illustrations, by artist Bri Hermanson, incorporate relief prints made from actual lace manufactured in the now-abandoned Scranton Lace factory.

Praise for SCRANTON LACE:

'Combines tremendous lyric gifts - dense, nervy music, evocative images, an almost classically tragic sense of life's doomed blooming - with a gritty vernacularity that roots these poems in the rusted factory life of the title. Often formally playful but always brimming with emotion, using repetition in ways that evoke the ghostly graphics of lace woven through the book, Douaihy sings poetry's repertoire of love, loss, time and trial in keys that are wholly her own.' - Joy Ladin

'A gorgeous meditation on place, on where we come from and what shapes and makes us. [Douaihy] speaks for anyone who's ever been too scared to go 'into the unknown, &... too scared not to.' This book immerses us into the beautiful and broken parts of ourselves in gorgeously-crafted, soul-showing poems.' - Aaron Smith

'Douaihy unpacks an intimate gay American past, layers it like an essay, complicates it with detail, cool, big images, memory, loss and slippages, so that back in the present, we can learn again what difficulty, privacy and history a person is, and how tender, profound and unlikely, our connections can be.' - Jack Underwood

 

Previous Publications:

GIRLS LIKE YOU - Clemson University Press - 15 November 2015

A vivid and emotional poetry collection, and a Lambda Literary Award finalist. 

Praise for GIRLS LIKE YOU:

'Girls Like You is a masterful collection—at turns haunting, hilarious and heartbreaking. Douaihy pulls off a magic trick: by focusing our attention to deeply intimate moments and memories, her gorgeously wrought poems conjure the epic.' - Stephen Karam, 2012 Pulitzer Prize Finalist, author of Sons of the Prophet

'In Girls Like You, Margot Douaihy spins us into the heart of living with a direct, passionate voice:…Even when I’m still, something’s clawing—what’s clawing are these stunning poems, alive with bravery and crisp imagination.' - Jan Beatty, author of The Switching Yard

'Part Sappho, part Sexton, part Bishop and part Akhmatova, Margot Douaihy’s poems have urban sophistication, energy and a conscience.' - Kathryn Maris, author of God Loves You

'With technical virtuosity, Douaihy deftly moves from crystalline free verse, to densely wrought prose poems, to tight forms like the triolet or villanelle. Her speakers are plaintive, seductive, and strident in turn, bearing witness to a young woman’s coming of age on the cusp of the twenty-first century.' - Amy Lemmon, author of Saint Nobody 

'5 out of 5 Stars. Girls Like You is not only a refreshing addition to LGBTQ literature, but also a collection that speaks to all who seek introspection.' - The San Francisco Book Review

'Deceptively lighthearted, or whimsically serious—or both, and full of surprises.' - The Columbia Review of Books

'Douaihy’s poems are built, layer upon layer...all with the weaving skill of a spider.' - Grant Clauser

 

I WOULD RUBY IF I COULD - Factory Hollow Press - February 2013

Margot Douaihy plays with the limits of language in this 'impressively broad' (Philadelphia Stories) chapbook. Reflecting on youthful naiveté as well as American pop culture tropes, i would ruby if i could inhabits the space where alienation and the desire for connection coexist.

Poetry

Publication DetailsNotes
2017

Clemson University Press

Mirroring the narrative possibilities of fabric that is both luxury and utility, SCRANTON LACE occupies the space between the real and imagined. Forty-four poems and twenty illustrations interact to explore themes ranging from inter-arts expression to the time/timelessness of derelict spaces to queerness and love. The illustrations by Bri Hermanson incorporate relief prints made from actual lace manufactured in the now-abandoned Scranton Lace factory.

2015

Clemson University Press

Girls Like You investigates identity and lesbian phenomenology through prismatic forms such as the persona poem, prose poem, triolet, sonnet, and villanelle. The trailer for Girls Like You, created by scratchboard illustrator Bri Hermanson, offers a queer re-imagining of Plato's 'Allegory of the Cave'.

2013

Factory Hollow Press

Margot Douaihy plays with the limits of language in this 'impressively broad' (Philadelphia Stories) chapbook. Reflecting on youthful naiveté as well as American pop culture tropes, i would ruby if i could inhabits the space where alienation and the desire for connection coexist.