Lois Roma-Deeley

Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Author's Bio

Lois Roma-Deeley is the author of four collections of poetry. The Short List of Certainties won the Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Series Award. High Notes, her third collection was a Paterson Poetry Prize finalist forms the basis of a music drama for which she wrote the book and lyrics. Her first and second collections are Rules of Hunger and northSight. She was named 2012-2013 U.S Professor of the Year-Community College by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE. She’s published in twelve national anthologies including Villanelles (Everyman's Library, Pocket Poets Series). Roma-Deeley has won numerous awards and honors for her poetry. Her poems appear in numerous literary journals in the U.S. and Canada. In collaborations with visual artists on several ekphrasis projects, Roma-Deeley’s poems have been exhibited nationally and internationally. She’s taught creative writing at the graduate and undergraduate levels and served for poetry co-editor for PKP Forum for ten years.

Publications and Prizes

High Notes
(Benu Press, 2010)
, NorthSight
(Singularity Press, 2006)
, Rules of Hunger
(Star Cloud Press, 2004)
, The Short List of Certainties
(Franciscan University Press, 2017)
New Hungers for Old: One-Hundred Years of Italian-American Poetry
(Star Cloud Press, 2011)
, "e"--The 2002 Emily Dickinson Awards Anthology
(Universities West Press, 2002)
, "e"-The 2000 Emily Dickinson Award Anthology
(Universities West Press, 2000)
, "e"-The 2001 Emily Dickinson Award Anthology
(Universities West Press, 2001)
, Classical Antiquity
(Pig Iron Press, 1994)
, Gyroscope Review Third Anniversity Issuse
(CreateSpace, 2018)
, la bella figura: a choice
(Malafemmina Press, 1993)
, Letters to the World
(Red Hen Press, 2007)
, Looking For Home: Women Writing About Exile
(Milkweed Editions, 1990)
, Love Rise Up
(Benu Press, 2012)
, Political Punch: The Poetics of Identity Anthology
(Sundress Publications, 2016)
, The American Voice in Poetry: the Legacy of Whitman, Williams, and Ginsberg
(pccc, 2010)
, VILLANELLES (Everyman's Pocket Poetry Series)
(Random House, 2012)
5 AM , About Place Journal, And / Or, Artemis, Artful Dodge, Bellingham Review, Best Poem, Blue Heron Review, Calapooya Collage, California Quarterly, Columbia Poetry Review, Comstock Review, Confluence, Controlled Burn, Elixir, Faultline, Five 2 One Magazine, Hamilton Stone Review, Helen, Iris, Italian Americana, Juked, Lines + Stars, Mom Egg Review, North Dakota Quarterly, Oregon Review, Oxford Magazine, Paterson Literary Review, Pinyon Poetry, Presence, Prime Number Magazine, Quiddity, Rabbit, Red Savina Review, Redux, Revolver, Riverrun, Rock & Sling, Rust + Moth, Sonic Boom, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, Spillway, Studio, Superstition Review, The Citron Review, Good Men Project, Tishman Review, The Transnational, Virginia Normal, The Wallace Stevens Journal, Timbuktu, Verdad, Verse-Virtual, Waterstone, Windhover, Yes, Poetry, Zone 3
Poetic Dialogue: Poetry:Women: Art Project 2005
Prizes Won: 
Jacopone da Todi Poetry Book Series Award Arizona Commission on the Arts Grant Recipient,High Notes,finalist, Paterson Poetry Prize; U.S Professor of the Year, Community College (named by Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and CASE), ariZONI Excellence in Theatre Award Nominee, Original Script, Adult Play or Musical “The Ballad of Downtown Jake” (based on High Notes), 2015; AWP (Associationof Writers and Writing Programs) George Garrett Award Nominee, 2015; The Short List of Certainties, Trio House Press, Open Reading, semi-finalist; Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award Nominee, 2015; Accepted as a Fulbright Specialist candidate, 2012-2017; Residency Fellowships, Ragdale, Lake Forest, IL, 2003, 2005, 2009, 2015 2013 Pacific Regional Faculty Member Award, ACCT (Association of Community College Trustees; Woman of Distinction, Women’s Leadership Group, Maricopa Community Colleges, 2013; Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition; Emily Dickinson Poetry Prize; Paumanok Internationl Poetry contest (finalist)

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Italian American
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Amityville, NY
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North Babylon, NY
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Last updated: Jan 09, 2019