Jami Macarty is the author of Landscape of The Wait, a chapbook of poems focusing on her nephew, William’s car accident and year-long coma (Finishing Line Press, June 2017), and Mind of Spring, which won the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award (Vallum, October 2017). Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), her current forays into arts community service, include serving as a Poetry Ambassador for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose and a Fresh Local Poet for Vancouver Park Board. She teaches contemporary poetry and creative writing at Simon Fraser University, edits of the online poetry journal The Maynard, and writes Peerings & Hearings–Occasional Musings on Arts in the City of Glass, a blog series for Anomalous Press (FKA Drunken Boat). A recipient of grants from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Banff Center, and BC Arts Council, among others; a Pushcart Prize nominee; a finalist for the 2017 Robert Kroetsch Award, and the winner of the 2016 Real Good Poem Prize (a 2,000 purse!), her poems appear in American and Canadian journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, Descant, Drunken Boat, The Fiddlehead, Grain, Prism international, Vallum: contemporary poetry, Verse Daily, and Volt.