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Feeling so much gratitude to Eduardo Corral for selecting my manuscript, out takes/ glove box, for the 2022 New American Poetry Prize!

I’m also grateful to Central Washington University’s David Leder for the kind coverage.  

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Fall 2022 Radio interview with Lauren Korm on The Write Question, featuring co-editor Sharma Shields, for our Scablands Books Anthology, Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses From the Gloomy Northwest. 

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Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of RUST FISH (Lost Horse Press, 2011), YESTERDAY, THE BEES (Floating Bridge Press, October 2015), and the collaboration (with Seattle visual artist Carrie DeBacker), ALCHEMY FOR CELLS & OTHER BEASTS (Entre Rios, Fall 2017). She is co-editor of Evergreen: Grim Tales & Verses From the Gloomy Northwest (Scablands Books, 2022), and co-author of the forthcoming textbook, Advanced Poetry: Pathways Into Poetic Lineages (Bloomsbury UK, 2023). Please visit “About the Author” for more information.

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New Publications: 

“Poverty Fires,” an essay, Diagram (September 2022)

“Complete the Sentence,” an essay, in The Rumpus (March 2022)

“Scavenger Panorama,” an essay, in Willow Springs (Feb 2022)

Upcoming Events/Appearances:

March 10, 2023: AWP Conference, Seattle, WA: “Misbehaving Memoirs” panel with Sayantani Dasgupta, Melissa Febos, Laura Read, and Elissa Washuta.

May 20, 2023: A Reading with Francesca Bell, Tiffany Midge, and Douglas Manuel. Auntie’s Books, Spokane, WA.

July 2023: Summer Residency, Western Colorado University low-residency MFA. Gunnison, CO.


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!

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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:

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.