Search: Advanced Search

Pam Uschuk author's photo

Called by The Bloomsbury Review "one of the most insightful and spirited poets today," Pamela Uschuk is the author of several volumes of poetry, including: the award-winning Finding Peaches in the Desert, One-Legged Dancer, Scattered Risks, Crazy Love and Wild in the Plaza of Memory (all published by Wings Press) and Without the Comfort of Stars (Sampark Press, New Delhi and London). Crazy Love received the 2010 American Book Award. Scattered Risks was nominated for both a Pulitzer Prize and the 2005 Zacharias Poetry Award (nomination by Ploughshares). Joy Harjo and other musicians joined Uschuk on a CD of Finding Peaches in the Desert. The author of numerous chapbooks, her work has appeared in well over two hundred fifty journals and anthologies, including Agni Review, Calyx, Future Cycles, Nimrod, Parabola, Parnassus Review, Pequod, Ploughshares, Poetry, O Taste and See, 48 Younger American Poets, etc.

Uschuk's literary prizes include the Struga International Poetry Prize, the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, the 2001 Literature Award from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council for Finding Peaches in the Desert, The King's English Prize, as well as awards from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, Iris, Ascent, Sandhills Review, and Amnesty International. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, including Albanian, Bulgarian, Czech, Spanish, French, German, Korean, Macedonian, Swedish, Russian, and Slovak.

She has been a featured writer at the American Center in New Delhi, India, the Prague Summer Workshops, the University of Pisa, International Poetry Festivals in Malmö, Sweden and Struga, Macedonia, the British School in Pisa, Italy, Vilenica in Slovenia, Split This Rock, Gemini Ink Writers Festival, the Meacham Writers Conference, the Book Marks Book Fair, the Scandinavian Book Fair, the Deep South Writers Conference, the Universities of Arizona, New Mexico, Montana, Tennessee, Lund, Gothenberg (Sweden), Oregon, Montana State, Colorado State and California State Universities, New York University, Juilliard, Hunter College, Vassar College, SUNY New Paltz, and numerous colleges and book stores.

Uschuk has taught creative writing at Marist College, Pacific Lutheran University, Fort Lewis College, the University of Arizona's Poetry Center and Salem College. She also spent many years traveling to teach creative writing to Native American students on the Salish, Sioux, Assiniboine, Flathead, Northern Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Crow, Tohono Oodham and Yaqui reservations in Montana and Arizona. Before moving back to Colorado, Uschuk was the Director of the Center for Women Writers at Salem College, where she has also taught Creative Writing. Editor-In-Chief of the literary magazine, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, she is a professor of Creative Writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. She makes her home with the writer William Pitt Root, their two dogs, Happy and Zazu, and the queen of cats, Sadie.

Email Pam Uschuk

Titles Published by Wings Press: