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Eric Paul Shaffer

Author's Bio

Eric Paul Shaffer is author of five books of poetry, including Lāhaina Noon (2005); Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen (2001); Portable Planet (2000); RattleSnake Rider (1990); and Kindling: Poems from Two Poets (1988; with James Taylor III). More than 350 of his poems appear in more than 200 local, national, and international reviews and in anthologies, such as The EcoPoetry Anthology, Jack London Is Dead: Contemporary Euro-American Poetry in Hawai‘i, 100 Poets Against the War, and The Soul Unearthed. Shaffer received the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature and a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Lāhaina Noon. He won a 2006 Fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop in Oregon and the 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry. In 2013, he was keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops at Hawai‘i Pacific University. Burn & Learn, his first novel, was published in Fall 2009. He teaches at Honolulu Community College.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
Lahaina Noon (Leaping Dog Press, 2005), Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen (Leaping Dog Press, 2001), Portable Planet (Leaping Dog Press, 2000)
Chapbooks:
Restoring Lady Liberty (Obscure Publications, 2009), Road Sign Suite: Across America and Again (Obscure Publications, 2007)
Anthologies:
Jack London Is Dead: Contemporary Euro-American Poetry of Hawai‘i (TinFish Press, 2013), The EcoPoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013), American Society: What Poets See (Futurecycle Press, 2012), 100 Poets Against the War (Salt Publishing, 2003)
Journals:
American Scholar, Another Chicago Magazine, Antigonish Review, Bamboo Ridge, Blue Collar Review, Chaminade Literary Review, Cider Press Review, Cordite Poetry Review, CV2, Event, Going Down Swinging, Hawai'i Pacific Review, Hawai'i Review, Iota, Magma Poetry, Malahat Review, Margie, New Millennium Writings, North American Review, Pearl Magazine, Ploughshares, Poetry East, Poetry Ireland Review, Poetry NZ, Prism International, Prole, Quadrant, Raleigh Review, Rattle, Slant: A Journal of Poetry, Slate, Solo, Southword Journal , Spillway, Stand Magazine, Sun Magazine, Takahe, Tar River Poetry Review, The Brooklyner, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, The Hollins Critic, Threepenny Review, Weber—The Contemporary West, Westerly
Prizes:
2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry, 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Lāhaina Noon, 2006 Fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Retreat and Workshop, 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
Ring of Bone by Lew Welch, Axe Handles by Gary Snyder
Favorite Authors:
Lew Welch, Gary Snyder, Dorianne Laux, Maxine Kumin, Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Brautigan, Sara Backer, Karen Joy Fowler

Please note: All information in the Directory is provided by the listed writers or their representatives.
Listing last updated: February 13, 2014

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Bourne, MA
Raised in:
Seat Pleasant, MD

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