Alison Hawthorne Deming (Photo by Cybele Knowles 10/01/2014)
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Regents' Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English
Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice
(520) 626-0799

Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent books are Stairway to Heaven (Penguin, 2016) and Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed, 2014). She is the author of three additional nonfiction books and four poetry books, most recently Rope (Penguin, 2009). Her first book Science and Other Poems won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, among other honors. Her essay “Science and Poetry: A View From the Divide” won the Bayer Award in Science Writing. Former Director of the UA Poetry Center, she is also Senior Fellow at the Spring Creek Project, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University and former poet-in-residence at the Jacksonville (FL) Zoo and Gardens.

Selected Citations: 

Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit, Minneapolis, MN: Milkweed Editions 2014

The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World, coedited with Lauret E. Savoy, Minneapolis: Milkweed Editions, 2011

Rope, NY: Penguin Poets, 2009

Genius Loci, Penguin Poets, 2005

Writing the Sacred Into the Real, Minneapolis: Milkweed/Credo Series: Notable American Writers on Nature, Community, and the Writing Life, 2001

The Edges of the Civilized World, New York: St. Martin's/Picador USA, 1998 (cloth edition); Fall 1999 (paperback edition)

The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1997

Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology, Editor, New York: Columbia University Press, 1996 (cloth edition), 1999 (paperback edition)

Temporary Homelands: Essays on Nature, Spirit and Place, New York: St. Martin's/ Picador USA, (paperback edition), 1996; San Francisco: Mercury House, (cloth edition), 1994

Science and Other Poems, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, 1994

Research Themes: 
Environmental Arts and Humanities
Creative writing

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