American Book Award winner, Pamela Uschuk graduated with a MFA in Poetry and Fiction from University of Montana. Called by THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW, “one of the most insightful and spirited poets today,” she is the author of seven books of poems, among them the award-winning FINDING PEACHES IN THE DESERT (also a CD of the same title with musical accompaniment by Chameleon and Joy Harjo), CRAZY LOVE (2010 American Book Award), and WILD IN THE PLAZA OF MEMORY, 2012, published by Wings Press, San Antonio, and WITHOUT THE COMFORT OF STARS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS, Sampark Press, New Delhi. Several chapbooks of her poems have appeared, including WITHOUT BIRDS, WITHOUT FLOWERS, WITHOUT TREES (Flume Press Chapbook Award, 1990), BLOOD FLOWER, www.thedrunkenboat.com/uschuk.html and HEARTBEATS IN STONES (2005, Codhill Press, New York). PAM USCHUK'S GREATEST HITS (Pudding House Press) appeared in 2009. An independent film, "Healing in the Language of Trees," based on her poem of that title was released by Wing & A Prayer Productions. Translated into over a dozen languages, Uschuk’s work appears in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Parnassus Review, Agni Review, Ploughshares, and Hunger Mountain. Among her literary prizes are the War Poetry Prize,New Millenium Poetry Prize, Struga International Poetry Prize for a theme poem, the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the National League of American PEN Women, as well as awards from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, Ascent, and Amnesty International. Her nonfiction and short stories have appeared in Parabola, Terrain, Writers Forum: Best of the West, Still Going Strong, and Inside/Outside. Pam has been featured writer at The Sha'ar Poetry Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel, The American Center in New Delhi, India,University of Pisa, at International Poetry Festivals in Malmo and University of Lund, Sweden and Struga, Macedonia, at the British School in Pisa, Italy, Split This Rock, Gemini Ink Writers Festival, Meacham Writers Conference, Southern Book Fair, Scandinavian Book Fair, Deep South Writers Conference, and numerous universities and book stores. She is regularly a featured poet at the Prague Summer Programs. Besides being an Associate Professor of Creative Writing, Uschuk spent years teaching poetry-in-schools to Indigenous students on the Salish, Sioux, Assiniboine, Northern Cheyenne, Flathead, Blackfeet, Crow, Tohono O’odham and Yaqui Nations in Montana and Arizona. Pam was the John C. Hodges Visiting Poet at University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She is a Black Earth Institute Fellow for 2018-2021.
Pam teaches writing workshops for the University of Arizona's Poetry Center. Besides hiking, kayaking, making jewelry, snorkeling and traveling, she is happiest when writing. She lives in the Rocky Mountains outside of Durango and in Tucson, Arizona with the writer William Pitt Root, their wolfdog, Mojo Buffalo Buddy, Zazu and the queen of cats, Sadie.
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CRAZY LOVE, WINNER OF A 2010 AMERICAN BOOK AWARD Ci"life lived at the fever pitch of awareness..."ck
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WILD IN THE PLAZA OF MEMORY
"Uschuk's best collection thus far." Joy Harjo
"a powerful and essential author, one of the few able to confront the uninterrupted crisis of our era with tragic joy and an unshaken faith in the instrumental efficacy of art."Alfred Corn
Booklist Notable Book: January 2015
Uschuk’s new collection of meditative, delectably powerful poems offers a steady and generous solace that serves as a platform for thought-provoking glimpses into spirit, family, and feeling. She has written of a tethered reality, commonplace secrets, and emotional rescue. And she is political. In the same vein as her contemporaries Patricia Smith and
Joy Harjo, Uschuk is strong in metaphor, urgent in language, and powerful in vivisection.
— Mark Eleveld