LIZA PORTER

Tucson Arizona

520-891-9707 / lizaporter1@aol.com

www.lizaporter.com

 

PUBLICATIONS


 

Prose


"There will be falling," forthcoming, 2019, Brevity

"June 21st," personal essay, 2018, Essay Daily
"Reconstructing," personal essay, 2016, PRISM International

“How to Survive the Dinner Table,” personal essay, 2015, Chautauqua, (Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2016)

“Labyrinth,” hybrid (poetry and prose) personal essay, 2014, Passages North (Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2015)

“Battling the Books” (series) (Aztec Press, Fall 2010); aztecpressonline.com

“Depression: Talking Back to the Big D,” Aztec Press, Spring 2010 (2010 National Finalist, Mark of Excellence Award,
        Society of Professional Journalists), aztecpressonline.com

“Going Back: Moving Forward” Aztec Press, Fall 2009 (2009 National Finalist, Mark of Excellence Award,

        Society of Professional Journalists)

“Down the Tracks: Bruce Springsteen Sang to Me,” in Poets on Prozac: Mental Illness, Treatment, and the Creative

         Process (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2008)

“In Plainview,” Cimarron Review, 2005 (Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2006)

“In Search of the Thickest Towel,” Hotel Amerika, 2005

“Standing in the Dark,” Concho River Review, 2005

 

Audio-Video

Mary Ann Campau Memorial Fellowship Reading, University of Arizona Poetry Center, March 25, 2010;

        http://voca.arizona.edu/readings-list/257
Interview on "Arizona Spotlight,” https://radio.azpm.org/p/azspot/2010/3/19/azspotlight-liza-porter/

 

Poetry

Red Stain, Finishing Line Press, 2014.

Poems in Visiting Bob: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Bob Dylan (New Rivers Press: 2018); What Wildness is This: Women Write about the Southwest (University of Texas Press: Austin), 2007; Cobalt Review, The MacGuffin, AGNI, The Ilanot Review, 2River View, The Progressive, Barrow Street, Diner, The Worcester Review, HazMat Review, The Chrysalis Reader, The Pedestal Magazine, and other literary magazines.

AWARDS AND GRANTS

Finalist, Narrative Nonfiction Book Prize, Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, Faulkner Society (Bruce Springsteen Sang to Me), 2018.

Finalist, Masters Workshop in Creative Nonfiction for “Breathing Salvation,” Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, 2018

Semi-Finalist, 2016 Two Sylvias Press Wilder Series Poetry Book Prize (Rape Register), 2016

Honorable Mention, 42nd Nonfiction Prize, New Millennium Writings (essay “Reconstructing”), 2016

First Runner Up, Nonfiction Contest, PRISM International, 2016 (“Reconstructing”), 2016

Semi-Finalist, Cleveland State University Poetry Center Open Book Poetry Competition (Rape Register), 2016

Notable Essay, Best American Essays, 2016 (“Labyrinth,” Passages North, 2015).

Finalist, Arizona/New Mexico Book Award (Red Stain, poetry chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2014).

Finalist, WILLA Award, Women Writing the West (Red Stain, poetry chapbook, Finishing Line Press, 2014)

Finalist, Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize, “Blue Gloves, Stars,” Cobalt Review, 2014.
Semi-Finalist, Press 53 Award for Poetry, poetry book contest, The story of a body, 2014.
Semi-Finalist, Washington Prize (Word Works Press) poetry book contest, The story of a body, 2014.
Finalist, Santa Fe Writers Workshop Nonfiction Book Prize: Down the Tracks, 2013.

Honorable Mention, nonfiction, “Labyrinth,” New Millennium Writings 35th Awards, Fall 2013.

Honorable Mention, poetry, “Urgent Care,” New Millennium Writings 35th Awards, Fall 2013.

Finalist, Masters Workshop in Poetry, Tucson Festival of Books Literary Awards, 2013.

Finalist, “Labyrinth,” hybrid personal essay, Lamar York Prize for Nonfiction, Chattahoochee Review, 2013.

2nd Place, Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Award, 2012.

1st Place, Blue Mountain Arts Poetry Award, 2010.

2009 Mary Ann Campau Memorial Fellowship, University of Arizona Poetry Center; http://voca.arizona.edu/readings-list/257

National Finalist, 2009 and 2010 Mark of Excellence Awards, Society of Professional Journalists, articles in Aztec Press.

Pima Community College Chancellor’s Recognition Award in honor of Mary Ann Campau Memorial Fellowship award, 2010.

Professional Development Grants, Arizona Commission on the Arts, for Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of NM residencies, 2009, 2006.

Notable Essay, Best American Essays 2006 (“In Plainview” Cimarron Review, 2005).

Honorable Mention, Tucson Poetry Festival Statewide Poetry Contest, 2005

Finalist, Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, “In Plainview,” Salem College, NC, 2003

SELECTED PROJECTS/READINGS

EDGE Reading Series, Casa Libre en la Solana, Tucson, January 2015, invitational

Poetry Celebration, Antigone Books, Tucson, October 31, 2014, invitational

Mary Ann Campau Memorial Fellowship Reading, University of Arizona Poetry Center, March 25, 2010;
         http://voca.arizona.edu/readings-list/257

Other Voices Women’s Reading Series, founder/director, Antigone book store, Tucson, 2002-2012

EDGE Reading Series, featured reader, Casa Libre en la Solana, Tucson, 2011, invitational

Lamplight Reading Series, featured reader, Tucson, 2008, 2004, 2003, 1999, invitational

Summer Solstice Reading—poetic response to visual art, University of Arizona Museum of Art, 2004, group reading, invitational

Poetic Vistas—poetic response to landscape art, Tucson Museum of Art, 2004, group reading, invitational

Anijam—collaborative poem, Tucson Poetry Festival, 2003, group performance, commissioned

Buddha Form—poetic response to visual art, Dinnerware Gallery, Tucson, 2003, group reading, invitational

 

RESIDENCIES

 

Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Taos, NM, 2009, 2006 & 2002, juried

Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, CA, 2012, 2004 & 1999, juried

Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers, Whidbey Island, WA, 1998, juried

 

EDUCATION

 

Creative Nonfiction Magazine online writer's studio program, 2013-present

Stanford University Continuing Studies Online Writing Studio 2011-2015

UCLA Extension Online Writer’s Program, 2012-2013

Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, journalism, 2008-2010

Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ, creative writing courses, 1994-2015

Lane Community College, Eugene, OR, music, 1979-80

University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, women’s studies, 1977-1979

 

 

 

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