Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of RUST FISH (Lost Horse Press, 2011), YESTERDAY, THE BEES (Floating Bridge Press, October 2015), and the forthcoming collaboration (with Seattle visual artist Carrie DeBacker), ALCHEMY FOR CELLS & OTHER BEASTS (Entre Rios, Fall 2017). Please visit “About the Author” for more information.

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Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, May 23, 12:00 p.m., CWU Campus: Panel Moderator, “Editor-Author Relationships: Kate Lebo, Tiffany Midge, & Elissa Washuta”

Friday, June 9, 6:00 p.m., Willow Springs Books Fundraiser, The Bartlett, Spokane, with authors Kate Lebo, Sam Ligon, & Laura Read: https://www.facebook.com/events/300475567042426/

July 16-23: Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, Fort Worden, WA:

Monday, July 16  & Tuesday, July 17, generative workshops: “Crossover Artists: Poets Writing Nonfiction”

Thursday, July 19 & Friday, July 20, generative workshops: “Telling Secrets: The Power of Intimacy in Epistolary and Other Kinds of Direct Address”

Remember that time America broke our hearts?

I do–but mine is now palpitating wildly because The Rumpus wanted to share my little heartbreak poem-letter to America with everyone. #dreamjournal #NationalPoetryMonth

Read the poem here, for The Rumpus National Poetry Month feature.

Also this past month, poems out in Lilac City Fairy Tales, Vol 3: Weird Sisters (Thanks Sharma Shields). Very happy to have work in this strange and vibrant collection alongside authors like Claire McQuerry, Ellen Welcker, & Laura Read.


Latest poems in Willow Springs & THE MOTH

Willow Springs kindly featured my poem “The Pleasure of Ruin” from Issue 79 on their website. Thanks to Alia Bales and Julia Rox for your work on this beautiful issue.

I also have a new poem out in THE MOTH, from Ireland. This magazine is gorgeous–check it out via the link.

More work out soon with Lilac City Fairy Tales Weird Sisters anthology and with The Shallow Ends, Beecher’s, Sidereal, and Washington 129.

Writers Resist & New publications

On Sunday, 1/15, I took part in the community-building resistance event Writers Resist: Deportation in Ellensburg, WA, as part of the #writersresist #writeourdemocracy movement. What an amazing and inspiring celebration of languages and culture by Dawn Pichon Barron, Xavier Cavazos, Stella Morenos, Mark Auslander, Katharine Whitcomb, Ellie Kozlowski, and more. writersresistfinal

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Thanks to Brevity Magazine, one of my dream journals, for giving a home to my flash essay “American Professionals.” Read it here: http://brevitymag.com/current-issue/american-professionals/

Thanks, too, to Construction Magazine and Empty Mirror for accepting other new essays (links coming soon).




Fall 2016 News

Thank you to Radar Poetry and Tahoma Literary Review for nominating two of my poems–“For Danelle, on the Curving Backroads of Wahkiahkum County, at the Unblemished Age of Sixteen” and “The Question of Lilith”–for Pushcart Prizes.


Thank you to the following journals for accepting new work–these pieces are forthcoming in 2017:

“It Turns Out a Broken Heart.” Poem. Rise Up Review.

“Black Plastic Night” & “Self Portrait with Nudity and False Awakening.” Poems. Pacifica Literary Review.

“The Pleasure of Ruin.” Poem. Willow Springs.

“The Privilege Button.” Essay. Wherever I’m With You: Anthology of Home-Themed Writings. Seal Press.

“Tire Hut: Seaview, WA.” Poem. Environmental and Nature Writing: A Writer’s Guide and Anthology. Bloomsbury.

“American Professionals.” Essay. Brevity Magazine.

“Lullaby as a Curl of Dusk.” Poem. Tusculum Review.

“Documentary” & “Out-takes from the Making.” Poems. Juked.