POET • TEACHER • EDITOR
Jami Macarty gratefully recognizes Native Nations of the West—especially the Apache, Coast Salish, and O’odham—as the traditional and rightful owners of lands where she has the great privilege to live and work—as a teacher at Simon Fraser University, as editor of the online poetry magazine, The Maynard, and as a writer of essays, reviews, and poetry.
Jami is the author of the ecofeminist poetry collection The Minuses, a Mountain West Poetry Series title published by the Center for Literary Publishing at Colorado State University (March 2020), the winner of the 2020 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award – Poetry Arizona. Her three chapbooks of poetry include: Instinctive Acts (Nomados Literary Publishers, 2018), an exploration of immigration, identity, and place in Vancouver, BC’s Downtown Eastside; Mind of Spring (No. 22, Vallum Chapbook Series, 2017), a walking meditation, contemplating social, cultural, environmental, and personal mechanisms of war, accompanied by the Palo Verde, Arizona State Tree tree, and winner of the 2017 Vallum Chapbook Award; her first chapbook, Landscape of The Wait (Finishing Line Press, 2017), is a poetic response to her nephew William’s car accident and year-long coma. Her work has been honored by financial support from Arizona Commission on the Arts, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, British Columbia Arts Council and by editors at American, Australian, British, and Canadian journals, including Arc Poetry Magazine, Beloit Poetry Journal, The Capilano Review, EVENT, The Fiddlehead, Interim, The Journal, Otoliths, Orbis, The Rumpus, Vallum, and Volt.
Former Executive Director of Tucson Poetry Festival (1996-2005), her current forays into literary arts administration and community service, include workshop instructor and event host for Pandora’s Collective, Poetry Ambassador (2016-2018) for Vancouver’s Poet Laureate, Rachel Rose (2014-2017), and Fresh Local Poet for Vancouver Park Board (2016-2018). Since 1989, Jami has practiced yoga and meditation, and since 1991, she’s taught English, English literature (Postmodern), composition, critical analysis, poetry, and poetics. As well as in Canada and the United States, Jami has taught English and yoga 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 international poets and artists. 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). Jami is bolstered by a beloved community of students and readers.