Maureen Hurley

Oakland, CA

Author's Bio

Maureen holds an MA and a MFA in Creative Writing (poetry/playwriting) from San Francisco State University. As a graduate exchange student at UC Berkeley's Celtic Studies Department, she studied Celtic anthropology, folklore and literature with professors Dundes, Tracy and Melia, and translated Celtic Medieval Irish and Welsh manuscripts with professors Hollander and Klar. She has a BA in Art Studio (Expressive Arts minor) from Sonoma State University & an AA in Art Studio (Theater minor) from College of Marin. Maureen Hurley teaches poetry and art to kids of all ages in Northern California schools. Maureen coached 2010 Poetry Out Loud statewide winner (3rd place); and served as a POL judge. Maureen has also taught creative arts classes to teachers, artists, prisoners, Elderhostel, and memoir classes to senior citizens in retirement homes. Maureen’s photographs, poems, translations and essays have been anthologized in hundreds of international magazines and periodicals. Maureen has given readings in California, Montana Massachusetts and Florida. She has also given readings at Rotterdam’s Poetry International Festival, and at the Cherkassy Library in the Ukraine, where she translated Russian poetry with Oleg Atbashian. Maureen performed her poetry & music collaboration with Unconservatory pianist duo Kirk Whipple and Marilyn Morales at several venues for Cranberry Coast Concerts III in MA during the summer of 2008. Maureen’s online art portfolios may be viewed at the Myspace link or on several Facebook albums. Her varied writings are available on her blog: Literrata.

Publications and Prizes

My America: Poems Against the War
(BlueBarnHouse Press, 2003)
, Poems on the Korean War Conflict
(Center for Korean Studies, 1995)
Atomic Ghost
(Coffee House Press, 1995)
, Changing Perspectives
(California Poets in the Schools, 2008)
, House on Via Gambito: Women Writers Abroad
(New Rivers Press, 1991)
, What the World Hears
(California Poets in the Schools, 2009)
, Writing the Rails: Train Adventures by the World's Best-Loved Writers
(Workman Publishing, 2001)
Aldebaran, Apostrophe, ARC, Bay Area Poets Anthology, California State Poetry Quarterly, Caribbean Writer, Catalyst, Chaminade Literary Review, Deepest Valley Review, Electrum, First Leaves, Fourteen Hills, Green Fuse, Gulf Stream, Haight-Ashbury Literary Journal, Louisville Review, Maverick Magazine, Napa Review, Nebraska Review, Negative Capability, New Hope International, Outerbridge, Poet News, Poetry San Francisco, Poetry USA, Poets, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Santa Clara Review, Sculpture Gardens Review, Sing Heavenly Muse!, Slipstream, Sonoma Mandala Literary Review, Step it Up: Icelandic Horse Journal, Sundog, Teachers & Writers Magazine, Tight, Transfer, Voices Israel
Cherkasssy Library, Cherkassy Art Gallery, 1990, 1991, Ukraine, USSR
, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
, MAGABARK/Medicine Bundle w/ Ann Faught
, Poetry International, Rotterdam, Netherlands
, Port Townsend, WA, Poetry Festival
, unconservatory, Miami, FL; Elemental Portraits w/ Kirk Whipple & Marilyn Mo
, US-Bahamas poetry exchange - College of the Bahamas
Falling to Sea Level, w/ John Oliver Simon
(Aldebaran Review, 1986)
, Klaarlicht Poetry
(Amsterdam Press, 1996)
, We Are Not Swans, w/ Celia Woloch
(Fortunate Daughter Press, 1996)
Prizes Won: 
She received a 2008-09 Oakland Cultural Arts Council artist in residency (AIR) grant, and was awarded two KQED SPARK AIR grants (art). She was recipient of seven California Arts Council Artist in Residency in poetry/art for Sonoma County schools, and an Artists in Libraries grant at Napa State Hospital; she received two literature fellowships from the Community Foundation of Sonoma County. She has won numerous awards for her poetry including the Chester H Jones Poetry Prize, and a Pushcart nomination.

Reviews, Recordings, and Interviews

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
Irish American
Prefers to work with: 
Children, At Risk Youth
Born in: 
San Francisco, United States
Raised in: 
West Marin County, CA, United States
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Last updated: Sep 27, 2010