Andrena Zawinski


470 Cola Ballena
Alameda, CA 94501
(510) 864-0571

Author's Bio

Andrena Zawinski, born and raised in Pittsburgh, is a veteran teacher of writing who has made her home in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2000 where she has become a mainstay in the poetry community. Her latest poetry collection, Landings, (Kelsay Books, Hemet, CA) presents poems that embrace, in original ways and with deep-rooted emotional power, the worldwide condition of women, immigrants, and the working class alongside a reverence for the natural world. Her poetry reflects her working class background as the daughter and granddaughter of steel workers and coal miners and her longtime feminism. She has two previous award winning collections of poetry: Something About, (Blue Light Press, San Francisco, CA), a PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award; and Traveling in Reflected Light, a Kenneth Patchen Prize in Poetry (Pig Iron Press, Youngstown, Ohio). She has also authored six chapbooks including the micro-chap Blood Moon and other Haibun (Origami Poems Project) and compiled and edited Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women’s Poetry (Scarlet Tanager Books, Oakland, CA). Her widely anthologized poems have received accolades for free verse, form, lyricism, spirituality, and social concern. She is also long time Features Editor at and as founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon.

Publications & Prizes

Landings (Kelsay Books, 2017)
Turning a Train of Thought Upside Down: An Anthology of Women's Poetry (Scarlet Tanager Books, 2012)
Something About (Blue Light Press, 2009)
Traveling in Reflected Light (Pig Iron Press, 1995)
Taking the Road Where It Leads (Poets Corner Press, 2008)
Zawinski's Greatest Hits 1991-2001 (Pudding House Publications, 2002)
Elegies for My Mother (Autumn House Press, 1999)
Prizes won: 

PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, Kenneth Patchen Poetry Prize, Pittsburgh Magazine inaugural Schwalb Arts Award in Literature, Akron Arts Museum, Paterson Literary Review, Alameda Arts Council, Sacramento Library, Ina Coolbrith Association, Apogee Magazine, Tiferet Joural, and others plus numerous Pushcart Prize nominations.

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European American, Feminist
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Last update: Jun 08, 2019