MK Chavez


1474 University Avenue Apt 222
Berkeley, CA 94702
510 206 4328

Author's Bio

MK Chavez is the award-winning author of Mothermorphosis, Dear Animal, and Virgin Eyes. Chavez has received fellowships from Hedgebrook, CantoMundo, Squaw Valley Writers Workshop, VONA, North Street Collective Residence Program, Real Time & Space Elevate Residency, and Napa Valley Writers Workshop. She is co-founder/curator of the reading series Lyrics & Dirges, co-director of the Berkeley Poetry Festival, and has been a guest curator of limited reading series at BAMPFA, and LOTERIA in partnership with the Institute of (Advanced) Uncertainty. She has been a visiting instructor at Stanford University, San Francisco State University, Mills College, Berkeley City College, San Francisco City College, BAMPFA, and Hedgebrook. She is the recipient of an Alameda County Arts Leadership Award, the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, and was recognized by the Berkeley Public Library Foundation at their 18th Award Dinner in 2018. Her most recent publications can be found in bags of coffee from Nomadic Coffee and on the Academy of American Poets website’s Poem-A-Day series.

Publications & Prizes

Down This Crooked Road (Lummox Press, 2010)
What I Want From You (Raw Art Press, 2008)
Dear Animal, (Nomadic Press, 2017)
Mothermorphosis (Nomadic Press, 2017)
Virgin Eyes (Zeitgeist Press, 2009)
Next Exit #9 with John Sweet (Kendra Steiner Editions, 2013)
PINNACLE (Kendra Steiner Editions, 2009)
Visitation (Kendra Steiner Editions, 2008)
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Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day
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Rivet Magazine
San Francisco Chronicle
Story Magazine
Prizes won: 

Cosmonauts Avenue Poetry Prize,  Selected by Eileen Myles, 2018

Pen Oakland Josephine Miles Award for Poetry, 2018

Alameda County Arts Leadership Award, 2017

Opium Flash Fiction Contest, 2009

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Latino/Latina/Latinx, Mixed Race
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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Last update: Oct 26, 2019