Gretchen Primack is a poet, editor, and teacher living in New York's Hudson Valley. She coordinates Ulster Literacy Association's program in the Ulster County Jail.

She's the author of two poetry collections, Kind (Post Traumatic Press 2013) and Doris' Red Spaces (Mayapple 2014), and a chapbook, The Slow Creaking of Planets (Finishing Line 2007). She co-wrote The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals with Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary co-founder Jenny Brown (Penguin Avery 2012).

Her poetry publication credits include The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Massachusetts Review, The Antioch Review, New Orleans Review, Rhino, Tampa Review, 6x6, and many others, and her work has been chosen for several anthologies, including Best New Poets 2006. Her poem "You Are a Prince," published in Ploughshares (Winter 2012), was featured on on 12/11/12.

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.

Gretchen has been a union organizer, a working women's advocate, and a professor and administrator for a college program in a maximum-security men's prison.


Kind (Post Traumatic Press 2013)

Doris' Red Spaces (Mayapple Press 2014)

The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals, with Jenny Brown (Penguin Avery 2012)

The Slow Creaking of Planets (chapbook) (Finishing Line Press 2007)

Anthem ("Cecil Mutter, 1D," "Mickey, 4B")
The Antioch Review ("Matter")
Best New Poets 2006, Meridian Press, University of Virginia ("Colors")
Big City Lit ("Parting")
Bloom ("Space Exploration")
Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review ("Space")
Bridges ("Toni, 1C")
Brooklyn Review ("16mm")
Cimarron Review ("Space Exploration")
The Cortland Review ("August," "Somewhere Along the Way")
Crab Creek Review ("Great Blasket Island")
Entelechy ("Patient")
FIELD ("Patient," "Colors," "Red Pail Market," "March")
5 AM ("Seventh Grade")
Global City Review ("Spring Night")
Hungry as We Are: An Anthology of Washington Area Poets, Washington Writers' Publishing House ("Space Exploration")
Innisfree ("The Absence of Unnecessary Hurting," "Eccentric")
Lumina ("Of the Girl")
The Massachusetts Review ("Bird")
Open City ("It Is Green")
The Paris Review ("The Real World," "Child," "September")
Ploughshares ("You Are a Prince") ("You Are a Prince," republished)
Poet Lore ("Daughter")
Prairie Schooner ("Midnight," "Smoushound")
Right Hand Pointing ("Gina Kim, Elevator Repair," "Celeste Miron, 5A")
Rhino ("Avenue")
Riverine: An Anthology of Hudson Valley Writers Codhill Press ("The Dogs and I Walked Our Woods")
6X6 ("Sylvia, 1A," "Mrs. Frumple, 1B," "Cecil Muttershead, 1D," "Gina Kim, Elevator Repair," Bea (and Rachel), 5C," "M. Leigh Keely, 8C")
The Same("Purple Milkweed," "Purple Milkweed (II)")
Sulphur River Literary Review ("Tony's Goodbye," "The Drawbridge," "The Famous Artist Makes a Visit")
Tampa Review ("The Albert Einstein Memorial")
Terrain ("Alan Anderson, 3D")