Eric Paul Shaffer

Poet

Kailua, HI
Hawaii US

Author's Bio

Eric Paul Shaffer's seventh book of poetry, Even Further West, was published by Unsolicited Press in 2018. He is author of six previous books of poetry, including A Million-Dollar Bill (2016); Lāhaina Noon (2005); Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen (2001); Portable Planet (2000); RattleSnake Rider (1990); and Kindling: Poems from Two Poets (1988; with James Taylor III). More than 500 of his poems appear in more than 300 local, national, and international reviews and in anthologies, such as The EcoPoetry Anthology; Jack London Is Dead: Contemporary Euro-American Poetry in Hawai‘i; 100 Poets Against the War; and The Soul Unearthed. Shaffer received the 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature, a 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Lāhaina Noon, and a 2019 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Even Further West. He won a 2006 Fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Workshop in Oregon and the 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry. In 2013, he was keynote speaker at the 16th Annual Ko‘olau Writing Workshops at Hawai‘i Pacific University, and is a regular workshop presenter at the annual event. In 2015, he was a visiting poet at the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. Burn & Learn, his first novel, was published in 2009. He teaches composition, literature, and creative writing at Honolulu Community College.

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Crossing Lines (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2015)
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Weatherings (FutureCycle Press, 2015)
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Jack London Is Dead: Contemporary Euro-American Poetry of Hawai‘i (TinFish Press, 2013)
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The EcoPoetry Anthology (Trinity University Press, 2013)
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American Society: What Poets See (FutureCycle Press, 2012)
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100 Poets Against the War (Salt Publishing, 2003)
Books:
Even Further West (Unsolicited Press, 2018)
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A Million-Dollar Bill (Grayson Books, 2016)
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Lahaina Noon (Leaping Dog Press, 2005)
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Living at the Monastery, Working in the Kitchen (Leaping Dog Press, 2001)
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Portable Planet (Leaping Dog Press, 2000)
Chapbooks:
Restoring Lady Liberty (Obscure Publications, 2009)
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Road Sign Suite: Across America and Again (Obscure Publications, 2007)
Journals:
American Scholar
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Bamboo Ridge
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Chaminade Literary Review
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Cider Press Review
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CV2
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Going Down Swinging
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Iota
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Magma Poetry
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Margie
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Pearl Magazine
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Poetry Ireland Review
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Poetry NZ
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Prole
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Quadrant
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Slate
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Solo
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Spillway
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Sun Magazine
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Takahe
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The Brooklyner
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The Dalhousie Review
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Westerly
Prizes won: 

2019 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Even Further West; 2009 James M. Vaughan Award for Poetry; 2006 Ka Palapala Po‘okela Book Award for Lāhaina Noon; 2006 Fellowship to the Summer Fishtrap Writers Retreat and Workshop; 2002 Elliot Cades Award for Literature

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Bourne, MA
Massachusetts
Raised in: 
Seat Pleasant, MD
Maryland
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Last update: Jan 12, 2020