Parthenia M. Hicks

Poet, Spoken Word Artist

1569 Whiterock Circle
San Jose, CA 95125

Author's Bio

Parthenia M. Hicks is the Poet Laureate Emerita of Los Gatos, CA. and a freelance writer and editor with a Masters of Divinity in Kriya Yoga. She teaches privately and performs and reads poetry in the Bay Area. Her recent work is featured in Song of Los Gatos/Poems of the Gem City; The Call: An Anthology of Women’s Writing; Remembering: An Anthology of Poems; Sweet Obsession: The Art of Lynn Powers, and Local Habitations, featuring the poetry of five Bay Area Poets Laureate; and in The Red Wheelbarrow and CHEST medical journal.

Publications & Prizes


The Call: An Anthology of Women's Writing (Dragonfly Press, 2009)
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The Montserrat Review

Spoken Word

Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (2013)
Harker Speaker Series/Silicon Valley Reads (2013)
De Anza Theatre (2012)
Los Gatos Council Chambers (2011)
Triton Museum of Art (2011)
Center for Spiritual Enlightenment (2010)
Prizes won: 

--Arts Council Silicon Valley Fellowship in the Genre of the Short Story
--The Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize --The Villa Montalvo Biennial Poetry Prize
--Two Pushcart nominations, one for poetry and one for short story

Personal Favorites

What I'm reading now: 
Head Off & Split by Nikky Finney, Poems New and Colledted by Wislawa Szymborska, You and Three Others are Approaching a Lake by Anna Moschovakis, Perma Red by Earling, Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

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Mixed Race
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Portsmouth, VA
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Last update: Feb 10, 2016