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Theresa Whitehill

Author's Bio

Theresa Whitehill, born in Sacramento in 1957, studied at UC Santa Cruz and Mills College in the 1970s and early 80s. Since 1984 she has lived in Mendocino County, where she is well-known to local poetry audiences. In 1998 she served as Poet-in-Residence at Stags’ Leap Winery for a project that resulted in the exhibit and catalog Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community. She has been published by Alice Waters and the American Film Institute, along with northern California literary journals. Whitehill currently serves as the city of Ukiah’s Poet Laureate. In November of 2009, Pygmy Forest Press published a collection of her poems, A Grammar of Longing. Her literary letterpress broadsides, many produced with her husband, artist Paulo Ferreira, are in major national collections, including the Getty Center for the Arts, Brown University’s John Hay Library, and the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley.

Publications and Prizes

Books:
A Grammar of Longing (Pygmy Forest Press, 2009), How To Make a Living As a Poet (Soft Skull Press, 2005), Saudades (Stags Leap Winery, 2003), Napa Valley: Portrait of a Community (Stags Leap Winery, 1998), A Natural History of Mill Towns (Pygmy Forest Press, 1993)
Anthologies:
Small Mirrors: Mendocino Literary Festival 2007 (Mendocino College, 2007), Human kind: poems by susa members (Emmanuel Williams, 2006), Wood, Water, Air and Fire: The Anthology of Mendocino Women Poets (Pot Shard Press, 1998)
Journals:
Arabesques Review, Art/Life Limited Editions, Calyx, Montserrat Review, Oxygen, Rattlesnake Review, Redwood Coast Review, Semi-Dwarf Review, Steelhead Special, Upriver Downriver, Water, Yellow Silk
Prizes:
Finalist, John Ciardi Prize for Poetry 2008; Award of Merit, Poetry to Go/Poesía Para Llevar 2007; Finalist, California Writers Exchange 2007

Theresa Whitehill Resume

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Always, Rachel by Rachel Carson
Favorite Books:
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard; The Yosemite, John Muir; Exotic Zoology, Willy Ley; The Taxi, Violette LeDuc; The Pillow Book of Sei Shonagan; Tell Me a Riddle, Tillie Olson; Lies, Secrets, and Silence, Adrienne Rich; Technicians of the Sacred, Anthology
Favorite Authors:
Lorca, Arthur Sze, Cavafy, Adelia Prado, Anne Carson

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Listing last updated: June 11, 2011

More Information

Listed as:
Poet
Gives readings?
Yes
Travels for readings?
Yes
Identifies as:
European American
Prefers to work with:
Any
Fluent in:
English
Born in:
Sacramento, CA
Raised in:
San Anselmo, CA

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