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language educator , poet

Dorianne L. Laux, American poet, language educator. Finalist National Book Critics Circuit Award, 1994, National Book Citric's Circuit award, 2000; recipient National Endowment Arts Poetry award, 1990, 2001; Guggenheim Fellowship, Guggenheim Foundation, 2001.


Laux, Dorianne L. was born on January 10, 1952 in Augusta, Maine, United States. Daughter of Alton Green and Frances Laux.


She is a professor at North Carolina State University’s creative writing program, and the MFA in Writing Program at Pacific University.


Laux worked as a sanatorium cook, a gas station manager, and a maid before receiving a B.A. in English from Mills College in 1988. Laux taught at the University of Oregon. She is also a contributing editor at The Alaska Quarterly Review.

Her work appeared in American Poetry Review, Five Points, Kenyon Review, Ms., Orion, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Zyzzyva. She has also appeared in online journals such as Web Del Sol. She has one daughter.


  • The Paterson Prize for The Book of MenThe Roanoke-Chowan Award for The Book of MenPushcart PrizeTwo fellowships from the National Endowment for the ArtsThe Best American Poetry 1999The Best American Poetry 2006The Best American Poetry 2013List of Guggenheim Fellowships awarded in 2001Oregon Book Award for Facts about the Moon, selected by Ai2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize shortlisted for Facts about the MoonNational Book Critics Circle Award finalist for What We Carry.


  • Other Work

    • Author: (book) Facts about the Moon (Oregon Book Award), What We Carry, Smoke, Awake.


Married Joseph Millar. Children: Tristem, Daniel Millar.

Alton Green

Frances Laux

Joseph Millar

Tristem Laux

Daniel Millar Laux