A poet and essayist, dawn lonsinger is the author of two chapbooks: the linoleum crop (chosen by Thomas Lux as the winner of the 2007 Jeanne Duval Editions Chapbook Contest), and The Nested Object (Dancing Girl Press, 2009). Her full-length collection of poems, Whelm, won Lost Horse Press's 2012 Idaho Prize in Poetry. Her poems and lyric essays have appeared in American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Black Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, Guernica: A Magazine of Arts & Politics, Columbia Poetry Review, New Orleans Review, Cincinnati Review, Poetry East, The Massachusetts Review, Subtropics, and elsewhere.

One of six children, dawn grew up in a working class family in the deer-streaked woods of Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia, not far from small towns with names too lascivious to mention, and is the first person in her extended family to go to college. Since then she has resided in places where water collapses into water like Ithaca, New York and places where quivering yellow dresses fall from bone branches such as Salt Lake City, Utah, and such distant brilliant designs as Italy, South Korea, Scotland, and Mexico. She holds a BA in English and Photography and an MA in English from Bucknell University, an MFA from Cornell University, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Utah.

She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, Smartish Pace’s Beullah Rose Prize, and four Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prizes. More recently she was a finalist for the Kenyon Review Fellowship, won the Scowcroft Prize (chosen by Lidia Yuknavitch), the Utah Writers’ Contest in prose (chosen by Susan Steinberg) and poetry (chosen by Wayne Koestenbaum), an Academy of American Poets Prize, runner up for the Poetry Society of America’s Emily Dickinson Award (chosen by H.L. Hix), three Utah Arts Council Writing Awards, runner up for The Bat City Review Art & Writing Collaboration Prize (chosen by Tomaž Šalamun), and was selected by Claudia Emerson for inclusion in Best New Poets 2010.

She worked as an editor for Western Humanities Review and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, but mostly she has taught . . . workshops in poetry, nonfiction, and fiction, as well as courses of her own design, such as “Writing in Light: Photography and Text,” “Poetry & Politics in the Twentieth Century,” “Surrealism in Art and Literature,” “Cultural Studies: Barbies, Bombs & Broadcasting,” “The Poetics and Politics of Play,” and “Monstrosity in Literature and Film,” at Cornell University, the University of Utah, Salt Lake City Community College, for Johns Hopkins University’s CTY Program, in third grade classrooms, inner-city tutoring centers, and girls’ detention centers. She believes in love, community, humanity, and beauty above all else, and is suspicious of anything that compromises those things, sees acutely—like you—all that compromises those things.

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