The Poetry Project

Adrian Shirk

Adrian Shirk is an essayist and memoirist. She is the author of And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories from the Byways of American Women and Religion (Counterpoint Press), a hybrid-memoir exploring American women prophets and mystics. Her second book, Heaven is a Place on Earth: Fieldnotes on Utopia is due out 2022. Shirk was raised in Portland, Oregon, and has since lived in New York and Wyoming. She’s a frequent contributor to Catapult, and her essays have appeared in The Atlantic, among others. Currently, she teaches in Pratt Institute’s BFA Creative Writing Program, and lives in the Catskill mountains at a cooperative living experiment called The Mutual Aid Society.