Alison Hawthorne Deming

Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer

N/A Creative Writing Program
Tucson, AZ 85721

Author's Bio

I grew up in Connecticut. I now live in Tucson, Arizona and Grand Manan, New Brunswick, Canada. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, formerly Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, I'm Agnese Nelms Haury Chair in Environment & Social Justice and Regents' Professor of Creative Writing at UA; affiliated faculty with the UA Institute of the Environment; Senior Fellow with the Spring Creek Project, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University; on Board of Directors for; and a student of jazz piano. My most recent nonfiction book ZOOLOGIES: ON ANIMALS AND THE HUMAN SPIRIT was published by Milkweed Editions in 2014. Most recent poetry books are STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, out from Penguin in 2016, as well as a collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom: DEATH VALLEY: PAINTED LIGHT. Much of my work focuses on the relationship between nature and culture, art and science. I've just completed a new nonfiction manuscript, which was my Guggenheim project, LAMENT FOR THE MAKERS: DRESSMAKERS & FISHERMEN. A new poetry collection VESSEL is in the works.

Literary agent: 
Laura Blake Peterson, Curtis Brown Literary Agency

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed Editions, 2014)


The Colors of Nature, (co-edited with Lauret E. Savoy) (Milkweed Editions, 2011)
Poetry of the American West (Columbia University Press, 1996)
Stairway to Heaven (Penguin Poets, 2016)
Rope (Penguin, 2009)
Genius Loci (Penguin, 2005)
Writing the Sacred Into the Real (Milkweed Editions, 2000)
The Edges of the Civilized World (Picador, 1999)
The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence (Louisiana State University Press, 1997)
Temporary Homelands (Picador, 1996)
Science & Other Poems (Louisiana State University Press, 1994)
Prizes won: 

Guggenheim Fellowship, Walt Whitman Award of Academiny of American Poets, Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, Fellowship at Fine Arts Work Center, Bayer Award in Science Writing, Pablo Neruda Prize, Pushcart Prize among others.

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European American
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Avon, CT
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Last update: May 21, 2019