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Drawn from forty years of writing, the poems and prose in Peggy Shumaker's Cairn trace journeys in this world and in the inner life. Landscape becomes a major force, especially the subarctic desert of Interior Alaska and the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona.
Maurya Simon’s new volume, The Wilderness, spans thirty years of poetry writing and explores the most vital aspects of our lives: the power of language, the mysteries of the natural world, and how we may endure and transcend the losses that besiege us as we live fully in the world.
Peggy Shumaker is the daughter of two deserts—the Sonoran desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of interior Alaska where she lives now. Shumaker was honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist. She served as Alaska State Writer Laureate. She received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Shumaker is the author of eight books of poetry, including Cairn, her new and selected volume. Her lyrical memoir is Just Breathe Normally.
Professor emerita from University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA at PLU. She serves on the Advisory Board for Storyknife, and on the board of the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation. Shumaker is editor of the Boreal Books series (an imprint of Red Hen Press), editor of the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press, poetry editor of Persimmon Tree, and contributing editor for Alaska Quarterly Review. Please visit her website at www.peggyshumaker.com.
Maurya Simon has authored ten acclaimed volumes of poetry. Simon’s poetry has appeared in over 250 distinguished literary magazines and in more than two dozen poetry anthologies. Her poems have been translated and published into Farsi, French, Spanish, and Rumanian. She has received numerous awards, including a 1990 Fulbright Indo/American Fellowship (for a six-month residency in Bangalore, South India), an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two notable prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Simon has also twice served as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome and as a MacDowell Colony resident. She’s given poetry readings throughout the U.S. and in Europe and India, and she served as a Visiting Poet at the University of Lund in Sweden. Simon has taught college-level literature and creative writing courses for thirty years and serves currently as a Professor Emerita in Creative Writing and as a Professor of the Graduate Division at the Univ. of California, Riverside. Simon lives with her husband in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains.
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