Maurya Simon is the author of The Enchanted Room and Days of Awe (Copper Canyon Press 1986, 1989); Speaking in Tongues (Gibbs Smith 1990), which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize; and The Golden Labyrinth (University of Missouri Press 1995). A fifth volume, A Brief History of Punctuation, was published in a limited edition by the fine letterpress book publisher Sutton Hoo Press in 2002. Simon’s book, Ghost Orchid (Red Hen Press 2004) was nominated for a 2004 National Book Award in Poetry. Another limited edition letterpress collection of ekphrastic poems, WEAVERS, based on the paintings of Los Angeles artist Baila Goldenthal, was published by Blackbird Press in October 2005, and Simon’s eighth volume of poems, Cartographies: Uncollected Poems, 1980-2005, was published in 2008 by Red Hen Press. Her ninth volume, The Raindrop’s Gospel: The Trials of St. Jerome and St. Paula, is forthcoming from Elixir Press in 2010. Tamar, an opera based on Simon’s eponymous verse libretto, had its world premier at the University of Rhode Island in the spring of 2007.
Simon has been the recipient of a 2002 and 2008 Visiting Artist Fellowships from the American Academy in Rome, a 2000 NEA Fellowship in poetry, a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Celia B. Wagner and Lucille Medwick Memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and a Fulbright/Indo-American Fellowship in Bangalore, India. Simon has also been a fellow at Hawthornden Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, and at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby, Sweden, as well as a lecturer at Lund University in Sweden. Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, TriQuarterly, the Southern Review, the Kenyon Review, the Georgia Review, the Gettysburg Review, Grand Street, Agni, Ploughshares, Shenandoah, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, the New England Review, and in more than fifty anthologies. Simon’s poetry has been translated into French, Rumanian, Bengali, Spanish, and Farsi.
Simon teaches in the creative writing department at the University of California, Riverside. She lives in the Angeles National Forest of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California.