Andrena Zawinski


Alameda, CA
California US

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 poetry embraces, 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 in both narratives and formal verse. It reflects her working class background as the daughter and granddaughter of steel workers and coal miners and her longtime feminism. She has four full-length poetry collections in print along with six chapbooks and has edited two anthologies. Her work has received accolades for free verse, form, lyricism, spirituality, and social concern. Zawinski was a long time Features Editor at and is founder of the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Salon.

Publications & Prizes

Born Under the Influence (WordTech Editions, 2022)
Plumes & Other Flights of Fancy in Flash Fiction (Writing Knights Press, 2022)
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, Dancine Poetry, Tiferet Joural, International Human Rights Arts Festival, Blue Collar Review Poetry Competition, Ventura County Poetry Project Origins Contest, and others plus numerous Pushcart Prize nominations.

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Yusef Komunyaaka, Martin Espada, Carolyn Forche, Adrienne Rich and more.

More Information

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European American, Feminist
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Born in: 
Pittsburgh, PA
Raised in: 
Pittsburgh, PA
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Last update: Jan 13, 2023