Poet of the Month: Shira Dentz

April 2013
Shira Dentz is the author of black seeds on a white dish, a book of poems that was nominated for the PEN/Osterweil Award 2011. She is also the author of a chapbook, Leaf Weather, and a second full-length collection, door of thin skins, forthcoming in April 2013. Her poems and stories have appeared in many journals such as The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, jubilat and Brooklyn Rail. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. Shira is Reviews Editor for Drunken Boat, and is Writer-in Residence for Spring 2013 at The New College of Florida where she was also Writer-in Residence for Spring 2012. In addition to writing and teaching, Shira is a freelance graphic artist.