Frances Payne Adler is the author of five books: Making of a Matriot (Red Hen (2003), Raising The Tents (Calyx Books, 1993); When the Bough Breaks: Pregnancy and the Legacy of Addiction (NewSage Press, 1993); Struggle To Be Borne (San Diego State University Press, 1987): and Home Street Home (National Red Cross, 1984). Adler also co-edited Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2009). Adler’s current work is Dare I Call You Cousin, about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, a collaboration with Israeli artists. Her poem, “Supreme,” from this collection, was a finalist for the Montreal International Poetry Prize.
Adler is Professor of Creative Writing and Social Action Emerita, and founder of the Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay. She has won numerous awards including the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Anthologies, for Fire and Ink; the Obama Millennium Award; a California State Senate Award for Artistic and Social Collaboration; a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Award; and a Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Award. Adler’s Raising the Tents was a finalist for the Western States Book Award.
Author photo – Lynda Koolish