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educator , poet

Arielle C. Greenberg, American poet, educator. Recipient Outstanding Service award, Syracuse University Master of Fine Arts program, English Department, 2001. Member of Poets House (honorary).


Greenberg, Arielle C. was born on October 24, 1972 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Seth N. Greenberg, Sandy M. Greenberg.


Master of Fine Arts, Poetry, Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, 1998—2001. Certified advanced women's studies, Syracuse University, 2001. Bachelor in Literature, Purchase College, 1993.


She is most renowned for naming and describing the concept of the Gurlesque in the anthology Gurlesque: the new grrly, grotesque, burlesque poetics, which she co-edited with Lara Glenum. Greenberg was an assistant professor in the English Department at Columbia College Chicago. She is now living with her family in Rural Maine.

They are working on an oral history-style book on the back-to-the-land movement in that area. "The words of the gurlesque „luxuriate: they roll around in the sensual while avoiding the sharpness of overt messages, preferring the curve of sly mockery to theory or revelation‟. " "The term Gurlesque comes from a combination of "1.

The Carnivalesque. 2. The Burlesque. (and the Neo-Burlesque).3. The Riot Grrrls... Also, the Grotesque." " The term describes a very wide range of things and is a concept that even Greenberg has had trouble pinning down.

Glenum and Greenberg both insist that, like the Riot Grrll "movement", Gurlesque poetics is "not a movement or a camp or a clique." The concept of the Gurlesque merely strings together a common strain that Greenberg noticed flowing through modern feminist poetry in the early 2000s.


Lara Glenum describes it in her introduction to Gurlesque as a kistchy, campy take on feminism. Gurlesque is an Avant Garde view of feminism which followed many of the same ideas of disrupting gender roles that allowed the Kinderwhore look and Riot Grrrl "movement" to take hold.


Member of Poets House (honorary).


Life partner Robert Nelson Morris.

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