Sheree La Puma

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 WSQ, Chiron Review, The American Journal of Poetry, Juxtaprose, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Heron River Review, The Rumpus, Plainsongs, Into The Void, I-70 Review, The London Reader, Inflectionist Review, and PacificReview, among others. She received an MFA in Writing from California Institute of the Arts and taught poetry to former gang members.

Publications & Prizes

Raven: Art Against Hate (Raven Chronicles, 2019)
That One Time Alien Buddha Got So High (Alien Buddha Press, 2019)
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The Inflectionist Review
The Penmen Review
Up Against the Wall Mother
Westwind Review
Prizes won: 
  • 2020 – “At First, I Wanted To Marry Jesus,” “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
  • “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: Jul 02, 2020