Teri Youmans Grimm


Grit. Refined.

TERI YOUMANS GRIMM is a fourth generation Floridian. She received her BFA in poetry at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her MFA at Vermont College. Her poetry collection, Dirt Eaters, was chosen for the University of Central Florida’s contemporary poetry series and was published by the University Press of Florida. Her second collection, Becoming Lyla Dore, is upcoming from Red Hen Press in the spring of 2016.


Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, Connecticut Review, Sugar House Review, EAT and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods, among other journals and anthologies and she is a contributor for the podcast, Swamp Radio. She is the recipient of a Nebraska Arts Fellowship and has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. She teaches in the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s low-res MFA program.

“Grimm’s technique shows in her judicious quotation from other speakers and in her diversity of forms, from two-beat lines to expansive verse paragraphs to a tightly wound villanelle.”


—The New York Times Book Review

Becoming Lyla Dore

BECOMING LYLA DORE  recounts the provocative fall and rise of a beautiful silent film star through poems that are indelibly lush and cinematic. A girl who learns too early the power of gesture and gaze is almost destroyed by the tragedy she leaves in her wake. In Hollywoodland, however, she discovers the power that nearly ruined her can also make her a star.

Becoming Lyla Dore is a poetic memoir about attaining a “golden and perilous” form of the American Dream... Emulating the great filmmakers of that time, Grimm makes striking use of light and shadow to render Lyla’s combustible “world within the world.” And like Lyla, these poems can make you lose yourself fully in the moment.    


—William Trowbridge, Author of Put This On, Please: New and Selected Poems

"Grimm reminds us that the vocabulary of the silent film and the vocabulary of the lyric poem—both are told in images, after all—are virtually one and the same... BECOMING LYLA DORE is a very fine collection indeed."


—David Wojahn


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