Alissa Quart is a keen observer of our culture and a believer in the power of poetry to cut to the heart of issues around us: money, class, gender and the environment.
— National Public Radio


Reflecting on money, aging, motherhood, work, the Internet, the eighties, nostalgia, journalism, and New YorkAlissa Quart's first book of poetry, Monetized, sifts brilliantly through our landscape of damaged Americana. From spam ads to tech speak, from self-help to real estate to the lingo of gossip or "mom" sites, these poems insistently limn a country where nearly everything has taken on the character of money. Monetized also reflects upon a shared longing for the analogue era, as well as our longing for a less commercialized past. This book is a remarkable account of a state of yearning for the passing moment in a period of rapid acceleration, a feeling Quart calls "right-now-nostalgia."


Reviews of Monetized

Apr. 2016 | "Monetized Microreview," Boston Review

Jun. 2015 | Publishers Weekly on Monetized

May 2015 | "Alissa Quart's 'Monetized': perfect pitch for the present," The Philadelphia Inquirer

Apr. 2015 | "New Poetry Collection Depicts the Decline of Legacy Media" The New York Observer

Apr. 2015 | "The Money Poet," The New Yorker

Mar. 2015 | "Slate Money: The Literary Edition," Slate

Mar. 2015 |  "Brilliant" and "highbrow" quadrant of the Approval MatrixNew York Magazine

Feb. 2015 | "Feel Like Your Life Has Become Monetized? You’re Not Alone," Alternet

Dense, aphoristic, playful... [the poems examine] the hollow satisfactions of Internet culture (“ ‘What’s the point?’ seeps out / of that hyperlink”); the simultaneous pride and shame with which we approach our own consumer identities (“Overnight, binging turned positive”); the commercialization of self-perfection...
— The New Yorker
When it comes to the sound of today, [Quart] has perfect pitch.
— The Philadelphia Inquirer
[This] new volume of sensitive and searing poems plumbs the depths of what it is to be alive and adrift in a sea of commercial transactions. Quart’s laser-sharp phrases...have a way of sticking around in your head long after you turn the final page.
— Alternet


May 2015 | "Channeling," Columbia Journalism Review

         Apr. 2015 | "Girls I Have Loved"  and  "Strong Copies," Los Angeles Review of Books' The Offing

          Mar. 2015 | "Womanized," The Awl

Feb. 2014 | "Solarised," London Review of Books

Aug. 2013 | "Instrumental," The Awl

Nov. 2012 | "Degrees," The Awl

Aug. 2012 | "Protocol," London Review of Books

Aug. 2012 | "Driftwood," London Review of Books

Jul. 2012 | "Views," The Awl


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