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:



Thursday, September 28: Pie & Whiskey anthology release, Missoula; Montana Festival of the Book

Friday, September 29-Saturday, September 30: MT Festival of the Book, Missoula–events TBA

Friday, October 13: Spokane Riverkeeper Fundraiser Event, with Shawn Vestal & Jack Nisbet

Friday, October 20: RELEASE READING from Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts,  in Spokane, at the Bartlett, with Liz Rognes

Tuesday, October 24, reading from Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts, 6:30 p.m., Museum of Culture & Environment, CWU Campus, Ellensburg: with musician Liz Rognes

Thursday, November 9, 7 p.m.: reading for Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts (available for preorder now!), Open Books, Seattle (reading with Ellen Welcker)

Saturday, November 18, 7 p.m.: reading with authors Kate Lebo, Tara Conklin, Jane Wong, & more, for the release of This is the Place: Women Writing on Home, Elliott Bay Book Company, Seattle

Friday, February 23, 2018: Unamuno Author Series, Madrid, Spain



Come to the PTWC & “Tell Secrets” & be a “Crossover Artist” with me! 7/16-7/23

Do you want to take a workshop with me, called “Telling Secrets” or “Crossover Artists”? If you do, come to Port Townsend this week, and we’ll write letters and compose CNF lists of aboutnesses together. You can also take workshops with lots of other PNW & national writers. . . and attend readings, and wander the cliffs above the sea.



ALCHEMY available for pre-order! & other recent poems!

I’M BEYOND THRILLED TO SHARE THAT YOU CAN NOW PRE-ORDER my forthcoming collaborative collection, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts!

Alchemy cover

This book combines Carrie DeBacker’s visual art with my poems. Out in October from Entre Rios Books. We’d be pretty tickled to have you pre-order at the link above.

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IF YOU’D LIKE A PREVIEW of some of the poems in the collection, here’s one appearing in the June issue of Underblong, “little spell for kestrel hovering/ for x-ray & mothering”

& here is “Spell for Conjuring Order: Pleuronectiformes,” in What Rough Beast.

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Thanks to the following online journals for giving homes to some of my work!

“Tori Amos Nursing the Pig,” in The Shallow Ends

“Will You Tape a Big Zero to My Shirt?“, in Sidereal

“A Small Replica of History,” in Matter Monthly

& this hybrid nonfiction in Passages North: “Lower Columbia Watershed Haibun”


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).