Elizabeth Hatmaker

author of Infrastructures 


Elizabeth Hatmaker is the author of Infrastructures and Girl in Two Pieces (BlazeVOX 2010). Her poetry is featured in Life As We Show It: Writing on Film (City Lights 2009), ACMBird Dog, Epoch, MiPOesias, Mandorla, Mississippi Review, Mirage/Periodical, and Projector Magazine. She teaches writing, film, and cultural studies at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Praise for Infrastructures:

Elizabeth Hatmaker’s vibrant new book Infrastructures is a feverish exploration of the specters conjured by media […] we are watching ourselves watch others watch us. A perfect book for our times.

James Pate, author of The Fassbinder Diaries and Flowers Among the Carrion

Late in Infrastructures, the poet asks, “Do you hear / the difference between an explosion in the movies and in your life?” It’s no yes-or-no question but the call to attention that this wild, dark book makes.

C. S. Giscombe, author of Ohio Railroads and Prairie Style

In Infrastructures, Elizabeth Hatmaker “noses on towards / someplace that is / not here.” How could her poetry be anything other than brave? […] What most amazes me about Elizabeth Hatmaker is her tremendous humanity, a constant, urgent transgression animating all her poetry.

Kristin Dykstra, translator of books by Reina María Rodríguez, Juan Carlos Flores, Marcelo Morales, and Ángel Escobar

About Downstate Legacies:

Downstate Legacies is an imprint of the Publications Unit at Illinois State University. The press publishes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with an emphasis on promoting the work of writers from the Midwest. In 2017, Downstate Legacies is launching an open access translation series, Undiscovered Americas, which will focus on literary translations and overlooked books from across the Americas. Downstate Legacies is a teaching press, and ISU students collaborate with professional staff during each step of the book production process.