Felicia Zamora, Peggy Shumaker & Maurya Simon
February 7, 2021 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm AKST
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Felicia Zamora is a poet, educator, and editor currently living in Ohio. She is the author of five books of poetry including, Quotient, forthcoming in 2021; Body of Render, winner of the 2018 Benjamin Saltman Award from Red Hen Press; Instrument of Gaps; & in Open; Marvel, and Of Form & Gather, winner of the 2016 Andrés Montoya Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays are found or forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, American Poetry Review, Boston Review online, Georgia Review, Literary Hub, Missouri Review Poem-of-the-Week, Orion, Poetry Daily, Prairie Schooner, The Nation, and others.
Zamora has received fellowships and residencies from CantoMundo, Ragdale Foundation, PLAYA, Moth Magazine, and Noepe Center at Martha’s Vineyard, authored two chapbooks, won the 2019 Wabash Prize for Poetry and the 2015 Tomaž Šalamun Prize, and was the 2017 Poet Laureate of Fort Collins, CO. She is an assistant professor of English at the University of Cincinnati where she teaches poetry and creative writing and is the associate poetry editor for the Colorado Review.
Peggy Shumaker is the author of eight books of poetry. Her new and selected volume Cairn was published by Red Hen Press in 2018. She is also the author of a lyrical memoir Just Breathe Normally (Bison Books). Peggy’s poems have been published in Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, and throughout the United States. Her nonfiction has appeared in the anthologies Short Takes: Brief Encounters with Contemporary Nonfiction (Norton), A Road of Her Own (Fulcrum), Under Northern Lights (U. Washington Press), and A Year in Place (U. Utah Press). She was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation with its Distinguished Artist Award, and by the National Endowment on the Arts with a fellowship in poetry. Shumaker served as Alaska State Writer Laureate. She is Professor emerita from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA at PLU. She serves on the Advisory Board for Storyknife and on the board of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. Shumaker is editor of the Boreal Books series (an imprint of Red Hen Press), editor of the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press, poetry editor for Persimmon Tree, and an Alaska Quarterly Review contributing editor.
Maurya Simon is the author of ten volumes of poetry, including Speaking in Tongues, a nominee for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize; Ghost Orchid, which was nominated in 2004 for a National Book Award in Poetry; Cartographies; and most recently, a limited-edition letterpress book, Questions My Daughters Asked Me, Answers I Never Gave Them. Her poems have appeared in over 250 literary magazines, including Alaska Quarterly Review, The New Yorker, Poetry, TriQuarterly, The Southern Review, The Kenyon Review, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, Agni, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, The Los Angeles Times Book Review, The New England Review, and in more than fifty poetry anthologies.
Maurya Simon was the recipient of a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Celia B. Wagner and Lucille Medwick Memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and a 1991 Fulbright/Indo-American Fellowship, which allowed her a six-month-long writing sojourn in Bangalore, South India.