Amy Gerstler. Courtesy New Ohio Review.

Amy Gerstler (born 1956) is an American poet.


Gerstler is a graduate of Pitzer College and holds an M.F.A. from Bennington College.

She teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars program. Gerstler also teaches at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and the University of Southern California's Master of Professional Writing Program.

Gerstler was editor of the 2010 edition of the anthology Best American Poetry. She is also the author of art reviews, book reviews, fiction, and occasional journalistic essays. She has collaborated with visual artists, including Alexis Smith, and her writing has been published in numerous exhibition catalogs.

She is married to artist and author Benjamin Weissman. The couple lives in Los Angeles, California.


Gerstler has been described by the Los Angeles Times as "one of the best poets in the nation," [1]

Her 1990 book Bitter Angel won the 1991 National Book Critics Circle Award.

Her 2009 book, Dearest Creature, was named a notable book of the year by the New York Times.[2]



  • Yonder. Little Caesar Press, 1981.
  • Christy's Alpine Inn. Sherwood Press, 1982.
  • White Marriage/ Recovery. Lost Angeles, CA: Illuminati, 1984.
  • Early Heaven., Ouija Madness Press, 1984.
  • The True Bride. Santa Monica, CA: Lapis Press, 1986.
  • Bitter Angel. San Francisco, CA: North Point Press, 1990; reprinted, Pittsburgh, PA: Carnegie Mellon University Press, 1997.
  • Nerve Storm. New York: Viking-Penguin, 1993.
  • Crown of Weeds. New York: Penguin, 1997.
  • Medicine . New York: Penguin, 2000.
  • Ghost Girl . New York: Penguin, 2004.
  • Dearest Creature . New York: Penguin, 2009.


  • Martine's Mouth. Illuminati, 1985.
  • Primitive Man. New York: Hanuman Books, 1987.
  • Past Lives (with Alexis Smith). Santa Monica, CA: Santa Monica Museum of Art , 1989.
  • Lee Mullican: An abundant harvest of sun (with Carol S. Eliel and Lari Pittman) Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2005.


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy the Poetry Foundation.[3]

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  1. Dinah Linney, Amy Gerstler's message: Be not afraid, 2009 [1]
  2. David Kirby, Animal Planet, 2009 [2]
  3. "Amy Gerstler b. 1956, Poetry Foundation, Web, Jan. 19, 2012.

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