Discipline: Literature – poetry

Shira Dentz

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Albany, NY
MacDowell fellowships: 2003, 2018

Shira Dentz worked on a hybrid memoir composed of poetry, prose, and visual elements centered on alternate notions of “home” during her 2018 residency. She is the author of five full-lengths books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry), how do I net thee (Salmon Poetry), the sun a blazing zero (Lavender Ink/Diáologos, forthcoming 2019), and Sisyphusina (PANK, forthcoming 2020), and two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). Her writing appears widely in venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, Brooklyn Rail, The Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series, and NPR. She is the recipient of 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. Before pursuing graduate studies, she worked as a graphic artist in the music industry. A graduate of the Iowa Writers‘ Workshop, she holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and Literature from the University of Utah, and is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky and teaches creative writing at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Upstate New York.



Shira Dentz worked in the Wood studio.

Wood Studio, given to the residency program by Mrs. Frederick Trevor Hill, was completed in 1913 in memory of Mrs. Hill’s mother, Helen Ogden Wood. Like Schelling Studio, the building is sided with large, overlapping pieces of hemlock bark. When the studio was renovated in 1995, MacDowell staff researched the origins of this unusual building material and…

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