Marvin R. Hiemstra

San Francisco, CA 94110-5147
(415) 826-4485

Author's Bio

Marvin R. Hiemstra is a poet, humorist, editor, critic, scholar, and entertainer. Marvin lives in San Francisco where he is founding Editor-in-Chief of the Bay Area Poets Seasonal Review and teaches performance techniques to a wide range of writers and musicians. Marvin has appeared in 10 countries and throughout the United States. The poetry/humor performance DVD, French Kiss Destiny, was called “superb work” by Dana Gioia. About Poet Wrangler:droll poems Mary Ann Sullivan observed, "This book offers sheer joy. What else could a reader desire?" Marvin studied under Donald Justice at the Iowa Writers Workshop and holds a Master’s Degree in Literary Criticism from Indiana University.

Publications and Prizes

French Kiss Destiny
(Zippy Digital, 2007)
, In Deepest USA
(Prairie Lights Books, 1996)
Blue Arc West
(Tebot Bach, 2006)
, Changing Harm to Harmony
(Marin Poetry Center Press, 2015)
, For Loving Precious Beast
(Purple Sage Press, 2006)
, Marin Poetry Center Anthology
(Marin Poetry Center Press, 2010)
, Marin Poetry Center Anthology
(Marin Poetry Center Press, 2011)
, Marin Poetry Center Anthology
(Marin Poetry Center Press, 2014)
, Poets 11 2008
(San Francisco Public Library, 2008)
, So Luminous the Wildflowers
(Tebot Bach, 2003)
, The Outer Gate
(Hippocampus Press, 2009)
Iconoclast, Insight, North American Review, Poetalk,
3300 Club, San Francisco
, Caveat Lector Salon
, Florey's Book Company, Pacifica, Frank Bette Center for the Arts, Healdsburg Literary Guild
, La Promenade Poetry & Music, Lindenhurst Memorial Library
, M. Coffee - Half Moon Bay, CA
, Marin Poetry Center Summer Traveling Show
, Marin Poetry Festival
, Pen Women Presents (TV) -San Francisco, CA
, Petaluma Poetry Walk
, Petaluma Poetry Walk, Poetry Center San Jose: Willow Glen Project, Rhyme & Reason: (I Mouse Therefore I Am!)
, Salon for the Imagination - San Rafael, CA
, Stephen Kopel's Special Edition, The Poet's Gallery - San Francisco, CA
, West End, San Rafael, Woman-Stirred Radio
, Zippy Digital Productions: (A Turquoise Coyote Under Your Pillow)
Prizes Won: 
Winner - Poets 11 Competition, Jack Hirschman judge (2008), Pushcart Prize Nominee (2010), Healdsburg Literary Guild 2Q Literary Illuminations (2013)

More Information

Listed as: 
Poet, Spoken Word Artist
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Dutch American
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Pella, IA
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Last updated: Apr 04, 2016