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). Please visit “About the Author” for more information.
Through Central Washington University, I’ll be teaching the following classes IN SPRING 2021:
-English 368, Hybrid and Experimental Forms (Workshop)
-English 568/468, Contemporary Writers’ Colloquium (Workshop; intensive study of visiting writers)
Recent Public Appearances:
Spells & Incantations, for Hugo House, July 26, 2020, ZOOM CLASS
Launch for Kathryn Smith’s SELF PORTRAIT WITH CEPHALOPOD, Feb. 9
Launch for Kathryn Nuernberger’s THE WITCH OF EYE, Feb. 13
2021 Port Townsend Writers’ Conference, via ZOOM
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.
I’M BEYOND THRILLED TO SHARE THAT YOU CAN NOW PRE-ORDER my forthcoming collaborative collection, Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts!
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”
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.
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.
Thank you to Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach and Construction Magazine for including my essay, “Dear America: An Elegy in November” in their special Writers Respond issue.
Thank you to Empty Mirror for giving my flash lyric essay, “All Night You Dream of Ice and In the Morning Wake to a Skiff of Snow” a home today as well.
Thanks to Rise Up Review for giving my poem “It Turns Out a Broken Heart” a home today, on the same day that millions of people took part in the resistance in Women’s Marches across the world. #resistance
Check out more poems by other contributors at: http://www.riseupreview.com/
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).
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.