Sheree La Puma

Poet, Fiction Writer

Valencia, CA 91355

Author's Bio

Sheree La Puma is an award-winning writer whose personal essays, fiction, and poetry have appeared in or are forthcoming in The American Journal of Poetry, WSQ, Chiron Review, SRPR, The Rumpus, Plainsongs, Into The Void, and I-70 Review, among others. She has a micro-chapbook, 'The Politics of Love,' due out in August and a chapbook, 'Broken: Do Not Use,' due out in Fall. She received an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and taught poetry to former gang members.

Publications & Prizes


That One Time Alien Buddha Got So High (Alien Buddha Press, 2019)
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Foliate Oak
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Gravel Literary Journal
Mad Swirl
Ovunque Siamo
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Red Coyote
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Up Against the Wall Mother
Westwind Review


Feral: The Body (Feral Press, 2020)
Havik (Las Positas College Anthology, 2020)
NDQ ISSUE 86.1/2 (North Dakota State University Press, 2020)
Raven Chronicles: Take a Stand: Art Against Hate Anthology (Raven Chronicles, 2020)
Soliloquies Anthology (Concordia University English Department, 2020)
Tapestry (Texas A&M University Press, 2020)
WSQ: Inheritance Issue (Feminist Press at CUNY, 2020)
Broken: Do Not Use. (Main Street Rag Publishing Company, 2020)
The Politics of Love (Ghost City Press, 2020)
Aji Magazine
American Journal of Poetry
American Writers Review
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January Review
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Levee Magazine
Louisiana Literature
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Mojave River Review
Northridge Review
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Raven Chronicles
Rise Up Review
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The Inflectionist Review
The Penmen Review
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William & Mary Review
Prizes won: 
  • 2020 –  Nominated for Best of The Net “Self-Portrait As A Mourning Dove,” Poetry, South Florida Poetry Journal (SoFloPoJo), Feb Issue.
  • 2020 – “When Dreams Betray,” Poetry Contest Finalist, River Heron Review. 
  • 2020 - “The Ghost of Mother,” “Little Bird,” “When Talking With An Ex-Husband Who Has Died.” Poetry, The Raw Art Review – Finalist in The Doug Draime Prize for Poetry. Forthcoming.
  • 2020 – “A Mother With Signs of Dementia,” “I Dream of Summer With My Dead Daughter,” Poetry, Finalists in the 2020 American Writers Review Contest.
  • 2020 – Full-Length Book of Poetry, Lessons From An Ordinary Life, Semi-Finalist – Two Sylvias Press Wilder Prize.
  • 2019 – Full-Length Book of Poetry, Naked With The Fan Running, Finalist – The Hillary Gravendyk Prize from Inlandia Institute
  • 2019 - “The Pumpkin Patch,” Fiction, Two Sisters Writing & Publishing, Contest Winner. Online & Anthology.
  • 2017 – “Breaking Apart”, Essay, ESME’s Annual Showcase Awards, 2nd Place
  • RAY BRADBURY FELLOWSHIP for fiction. Double finalist for two different short stories in 2002.
  • New Century Writer Award
  • NCWA Nominated in 2002 for the best essay on children’s literature in the CSUN program.


Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Maggie Smith, Roxanne Gay

More Information

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Identifies as: 
Italian American
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Born in: 
Alhambra, CA
Raised in: 
Huntington Beach, CA
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Last update: Sep 02, 2020