Gretchen Primack is a poet, educator, and indie bookseller living in New
York's Hudson Valley. She has taught and/or administrated with prison education programs (mostly college) since 2006.
She's the author of three poetry collections: Kind (Lantern Publishing), which explores the dynamic between humans and other animals in our time and place; Visiting Days (Willow Books), which imagines a maximum-security men's NYS prison like the ones where she's taught; and Doris' Red Spaces (Mayapple Press), a more personal collection; along with a chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets (Finishing Line). She co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary co-founder Jenny Brown (Penguin Avery).
Her poetry publication credits include
The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, FIELD, Poet Lore, The Massachusetts
Review, The Antioch
Review, New Orleans
Review, Rhino, Tampa Review, and many others journals and anthologies.
She's also worked at the renowned indie bookstore The Golden Notebook for many years.
Gretchen is a passionate advocate for the rights and
welfare of non-human animals and lives with several of them, along with a beloved human named Gus.