Farnaz Fatemi


Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 471-9180

Author's Bio

Farnaz Fatemi, an Iranian American poet and writer, and Santa Cruz County Poet Laureate for 2023 & 2024, is a founding member of The Hive Poetry Collective. She was formerly a writing instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her book, Sister Tongue زبان خواهر, was published in September 2022. It won the 2021 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize, selected by Tracy K. Smith, and received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly.  Some of her poems and lyric essays appear in Poem-a-Day (Poets.org)Tab Journal, Pedestal Review, Nowruz Journal, Grist Journal and Tupelo Quarterly.  More at farnazfatemi.com

Publications & Prizes

My Shadow Is My Skin (University of Texas Press, 2020)
Halal If You Hear Me (Haymarket Books, 2019)
Let Me Tell You Where I've Been (University of Arkansas Press, 2006)
Sister Tongue (Kent State University Press, 2022)
Bay Area Poets Anthology
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Porter Gulch Review
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Sand Hill Review
Prizes won: 

Wick Poetry Prize, 2021

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Iranian American
Born in: 
French Camp
Raised in: 
Santa Monica, CA
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Last update: Feb 05, 2023