Ed Zahniser

Fiction Writer, Poet

Shepherdstown, WV
West Virginia US

Author's Bio

Ed Zahniser lives in Shepherdstown WV where he cofounded The Good News Paper in 1979 and still serves as poetry editor. He was a founding editor of Some of Us Press in Washington DC in the 1970s, when he worked as assitant editor at The Wilderness Society. He served as a draftee in the US Army in 1968–1970, editing newspaper in the USA and Republic of Korea. His books and chapbooks of poetry are: The Ultimate Double Play, The Way to Heron Mountain, Sheenjek and Denali, Someone Stole My Guru's Voice, A Calendar of Worship and Other Poems, Mall-hoppingi with the Great I AM, Slow Down and Live collaboration with artist/designer Heather Watson (www.pernotandtatlin.com/‎), Ransacking Desire for the Seed of Contemplation, The Cabin Fever Affidavit (forthcoming), At Betty's Restaurant Thomas Shepherd Loves Danske Dandrige and The Shepherstown Sonnets (forthcoming). Ed co-edited In Good Company, 27 poets celebrating the 250th anniversary of Shepherdstown. Ed has emceed the National Poetry Month annual fundraiser for the local public library for eight years. He has read at Pack Forest, Washington; Rex Ranch, Arizona; Shepherd University; Corcoran Gallery of Art, DuPont Circle, and Grace Church (Washington DC); and other places. He has given keynote speeches, lectured, and led seminars on wilderness preservation topics nationwide since 1992, including national biennial wilderness conferences at Santa Fe NM, Denver, CO, Sheridan WY, Washington, DC; West Virginia University, Cornell University, Shepherd University, and Vassar College, etc.; and many interagency federal government land-managing agencies training events.

Publications & Prizes


ABZ #1
Antietam Review
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The Other Side


Stories of the Wild (Murie Center, 2001)
WPFW 89.5 Poetry Anthology: The Poet and the Poem (WPFW, 2000)
Poetry & Prose: An Anthology of writers of Jefferson & Berkeley Counties (Four Seasons Books, 1998)
Odd Angles of Heaven: Contemporary Poetry by People of Faith (Harold Shaw Publishing, 1994)
Poetry from the Amicus Journal (Tioga Publishing Company, 1990)
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WV Writers Inc contests, poetry in various categories.

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Jubilee Hitchkiker by William Hjortsberg, If There is Something to Desire: 100 poems by Vera Pavlova, Lunch Poems by Frank O'Hara, Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova

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European American
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Hyattsville, MD
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Last update: Jan 06, 2015