About Elisavietta RitchieElisavietta Ritchie was born to Russian immigrants in 1932. Her life has been filled with many varied and interesting experiences, many of which have inspired her writings. She has studied in Paris, New York, and California. She has written several books of short stories and poetry. Elisavietta Ritchie writes a deceptively surprising poetry-casually conversational, brilliant with imagery, resplendent with sound. elegant in ideas. Yet beneath the very simplest lines there is an easy surrealism that opens each poem out onto another universe of ominous meaning and oblique possibilities.