Deborah Poe is the author of the poetry collections Elements (Stockport Flats Press 2010), Our Parenthetical Ontology (CustomWords 2008), and “the last will be stone, too,” as well as a novella in verse, “Hélène.” Poe has received literary awards including a writing residency with Soapstone (2010), several Pushcart Prize nominations for her poetry, and the Thayer Fellowship of the Arts (2008) for her poetry and fiction. Her work frequently appears in journals, most recently in Peep/Show, Night Train, Peaches & Bats, Denver Quarterly, Shampoo, Mantis, and Open Letters Monthly, as well as in the anthologies In Our Own Words (MWE 2010), A Sing Economy (Flim Forum 2008) andFingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS From the Black Diaspora (Third World Press 2007). She is a member of the Dusie Kollektiv. Deborah was born a military brat in Del Rio, Texas and has lived throughout the United States and abroad. After her undergraduate studies, she worked in various positions including hostel clerk and bartender in Paris, environmental activist in Austin, a waitress in Taos, engineering assistant at Oregon Steel Mill in Portland, editor and international program manager in Seattle, and educator in Washington and New York. Please visit deborahpoe.com for more information.
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