Alyssa Morhardt-Goldstein is a poet and teacher living in NYC. She is the author of Quiet, winner of The New School University Press contest, and Nympholepsy, a prose-poetry novella co-authored with Lisa Marie Basile, which was a finalist in the 2017 Tarpaulin Sky Book Awards and is forthcoming from Inside the Castle in November 2018. She was a semifinalist for the 2015 Tarpaulin Sky Book Prize and her work can be found in Sporklet, The Mackinac, Prick of the Spindle, Front Porch, and others.
Alyssa is the founder of Sound Literary Magazine and artistic director and co-founder of Diorama, the immersive poetry series in NYC.
Alyssa received her MFA in poetry from The New School, and her BS in classical vocal performance and English literature from Mannes Conservatory. She holds certifications in Orff and Heart-Based Singing.
excerpts from Nympholepsy
under the silt, all things
when it is emptied
these are your name
what are you trying
the sea tumbled in the dark
so we became unnatural
only that I have gotten better
we like possibility
the house understands
Levee, someone once told you
Levee says let’s go down to the river
stretch soft the curious, the delicate spot of him
tell me again something vulnerable
“rope”, “immolate”, “shelf”, “fever”, “drape”, “voice”, “quiet”, “time”, “root”, & “mutilation”