American Book Award winner, Pamela Uschuk graduated with honors with a MFA in Poetry and Fiction from the University of Montana. Called by THE BLOOMSBURY REVIEW, “one of the most insightful and spirited poets today,” she is the author of six books of poems, the award-winning FINDING PEACHES IN THE DESERT (followed by a CD of the same title with musical accompaniment by Chameleon and Joy Harjo), ONE LEGGED DANCER, SCATTERED RISKS, CRAZY LOVE (2010 American Book Award), WILD IN THE PLAZA OF MEMORY, 2012, published by Wings Press, San Antonio, and WITHOUT THE COMFORT OF STARS: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS (2011) from 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 has appeared in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Parnassus Review, Agni Review, Pequod, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Hunger Mountain. Among Uschuk’s 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, the Literature Award from the Tucson/Pima Arts Council as well as awards from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, Iris, Ascent, Sandhills Review,and Amnesty International. Her nonfiction and short stories have appeared in Parabola, Terrain, Zone, 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, the Southern Book Fair, Scandinavian Book Fair, Deep South Writers Conference, Tucson Festival of Books, Universities of Arizona, Montana, Oregon, Tennessee, Montana State, Arizona State, Colorado State & California State Universities, New York University, Juilliard, Hunter College, Vassar College, SUNY New Paltz, and numerous colleges and book stores. She is regularly a featured poet at the Prague Summer Programs. She taught creative writing at Marist College, Pacific Lutheran University, University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, Salem College and Greenhaven Maximum Security Prison for men in New York. 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. In Spring 2011, Pam was the John C. Hodges Visiting Poet at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Associate Professor, Pam teaches poetry in Cutthroat's Online/Skype Mentor Program. She also teaches writing workshops for the University of Arizona's Poetry Center. Besides hiking, kayaking, making jewelry, playing native flute, snorkeling and traveling, she is happiest when writing. She lives in the Rocky Mountains of SW Colorado 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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Three of Pam's poems won the 2011 Winning Writers War Poetry Contest. Her poem, "A Short History of Falling," was chosen for 2010 Best of the Web, and her poem, "Shostakovich: Five Pieces" won the 2010 NEW MILLENIUM Poetry Award.
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 Online Exclusive: January 23, 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