POET • TEACHER • EDITOR
Jami Macarty is the author of three chapbooks of poetry: Instinctive Acts (Nomados Literary Publishers, 2018), Mind of Spring (No. 22, Vallum Chapbook Series, 2017), winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award, and Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press, 2017), a poetic response to her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in American, Australian, Canadian, and French journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Interim, Levure littéraire, Otoliths, PRISM international, and Volt. Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), her current forays into arts community service, include workshop instructor and event host for Pandora’s Collective, a Poetry Ambassador (2016-2018) for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose, and a Fresh Local Poet for Vancouver Park Board (2016-2018). She grew up on the ancestral lands of the Winnacunnet (now called coastal New Hampshire), and now lives between the ancestral lands of the Tohono O’Odham (now and then called Tucson, “little black mountain”) and the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations (now called Vancouver, BC). In Vancouver, she teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University; in Tucson, she teaches yoga and edits writing. Canada and the United States are only two countries in which she’s taught English and Yoga; she has also taught these two disciplines in Ecuador, Ethiopia, Nepal, and United Arab Emirates. As co-founder and editor of the online poetry journal The Maynard, she promotes the work of other writers. On Medium, she writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series supporting arts and community (begun in 2016 as a featured column for Anomaly/Anomalous Press). Her own work has been supported by Arizona Commission on the Arts and British Columbia Arts Council, among others; by Pushcart Prize nominations, by finalist designations for her full-length poetry manuscript, including the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award and the Lexi Rudnitsky Award–and by beloved readers.