Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

California State University Fullerton

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Irena Praitis

Irena Praitis is a Professor of literature and creative writing at California State University, Fullerton.  She earned her BA from Carleton College, her MA from Washington University in St. Louis, and her PhD and MFA degrees from Arizona State University. 

She teaches courses in 19th and 20th century literature, focusing especially on modern and contemporary poetry, and  also courses in creative writing.   

Her second volume of poems, Branches, was published by D-N Publishing in April, 2007, and is available for purchase at: Her first volume of poems, Touch, was published by Finishing Line Press in 2004 and is available for purchase at She has published individual poems in a wide array of journals including Denver Quarterly, Rattle, Slant, The Mid-America Poetry Review, Mochila Review, Manzanita, The California Quarterly, SLAB, and Blueline, among others.

A new book, One Woman’s Life, is forthcoming from Diversion Press.    

Irena Praitis was a Fulbright Scholar to Vilnius, Lithuania, in the spring of 2005.  She translates Lithuanian poetry into English. Her poetry translations have appeared in Rhino, The International Poetry Review, Buckle &, Visions International, Absinthe, and Basalt

An essay, “Plath’s ‘Daddy’ and the Dynamics of Form,” appears in Multiformalisms. An article on translation was published in Interculturality and Translation.  An essay on her experiences teaching in Lithuania appears in JAST: Journal of American Studies of Turkey.  An interview with poet Alberto Ríos appears in the volume Voces de America/American Voices, and a scholarly article on Ríos appears in Cultura, Lenguaje, y Representación/Culture, Language, and Representation.  She has published an article on creative writing pedagogy in New Writing, and she has a chapter on women’s poetry in Women’s Culture in a New Era.     



Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics

California State University, Fullerton

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