Eleanore Tisch


527 Farm House Ln
Ames IA


Eleanore Tisch (she/her) is a poet, born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She began her love affair with language, theatre, and art at a very young age, ever inspired by the city teeming around and within her. She studied Writing & Literature in the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University and went on to earn her M.A. in Education Foundations, Policy, and Practice from CU-Boulder.

She brought a piece of the Rocky Mountains with her when she moved back to the midwest (quite literally). She loves school (or rather, any setting where folks can gather, read, respond, and discuss) and is intent on working towards reforms for a more equitable, just, and sane public education system. Her writing incorporates information scrappily, from anywhere she can find: a textbook assigned by a professor, an advertisement on the L, a sheet of paper blown onto her porch by unknown winds. She practices listening to the world with her whole body.

She believes deeply in the power of language to harm and to heal, to bless and to vex, to bring a human being more deeply into themselves and their surroundings. She is obsessed by the miracle of bodies, the multiverse, by organic patterns, lightning bugs, thunderstorms, octopi, and her two cats, Goose and Otter.

A first-year MFA student, Eleanore is honored to be a 2022-2023 Pearl Hogrefe Fellow. Work is play and play is work - she couldn't be more excited to do both while studying alongside her cohort in Ames.