Lucie Brock-Broido

Lucie Brock-Broido (May 22, 1956 – March 6, 2018[1]) was an American author of four collections of poetry.

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received many honors, including the Witter-Bynner prize of Poetry from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Harvard Phi Beta Kappa Teaching Award, the Harvard-Danforth Award for Distinction in Teaching, the Jerome J. Shestack Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review, two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, and a Guggenheim fellowship.

Life and career

A graduate of the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars, she was Director of Poetry in the Writing Division at Columbia University School of the Arts in New York City.

Her long narrative poem, Jessica from the Well, tells the story of 18-month-old Jessica McClure, who was trapped in a well in Texas, from McClure's point of view, describing her as having a basic understanding of the physical and mythic elements of her situation. It has been reprinted numerous times.[2]


Brock-Broido died on March 6, 2018, aged 61, from cancer at her home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.[3]

Awards and honors



  • Brock-Broido, Lucie (1988). A hunger. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • — (1995). The master letters. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
  • Trouble in Mind (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004)
  • Stay, Illusion (Alfred A. Knopf, 2013)

List of poems

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Noctuary 2013 Brock-Broido, Lucie (April 15, 2013). "Noctuary". The New Yorker. 89 (9): 36–37. Retrieved 2016-08-05.

Critical studies and reviews of Brock-Broido's work


  1. ^ "Lucie Brock-Broido". Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  2. ^ Brock-Broido, Lucie (1988). "Jessica, from the Well". A Hunger. New York: Knopf. ISBN 9780394563374.
  3. ^ Press, Associated (March 7, 2018). "Poet Lucie Brock-Broido dead at 61". Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  4. ^ Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Publishing. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. January 14, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2018.

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