Meet the Author
SHIRA DENTZ was born and raised in the New York City area, and has lived and taught during the last ten years in Iowa, Utah, and Florida. She is the author of black seeds on a white dish, a book of poems that was nominated for the PEN/Osterweil Award 2011, and a chapbook, Leaf Weather. Her writing has appeared in many journals including The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, New American Writing, and jubilat, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets, NPR, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards include an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, The Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem and Cecil Hemley Memorial Awards, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize. She holds an M.F.A. from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah. Before leaving NYC for Iowa City and Salt Lake City, she worked for many years in NYC as a graphic artist designing ads for rock concerts, and taught English in a Brooklyn public high school as a New York City Teaching Fellow. She is Writer-in-Residence for Spring 2013 at The New College of Florida, and is Book Review Editor at Drunken Boat. In addition to writing and teaching, Dentz is a freelance graphic artist.