Rebecca Seiferle

Rebecca Seiferle
Photo by Melissa Buckheit

Only that day dawns to which we are awake.
—Henry David Thoreau

Rebecca Seiferle's fourth collection, Wild Tongue, (Copper Canyon Press, 2007) won the 2008 Grub Street National Poetry Prize. Her previous collection, Bitters (Copper Canyon, 2001, won the Western States Book Award and a Pushcart prize. In 2004 she was awarded a poetry fellowship from the Lannan Foundation. Her previous collection, The Music We Dance To (Sheep Meadow 1999) won the 1998 Cecil Hemley Award from the Poetry Society of America and poems from the collection were included in Best American Poetry 2000 and in The Extraordinary Tide: New Poetry by American Women, edited by Erin Belieu and Susan Aizenberg. Her first book, The Ripped-Out Seam won the Bogin Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Writers’ Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, and the National Writers’ Union Prize, and was a finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize.

Her translation of Vallejo’s The Black Heralds was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2003. Her translations of several Cuban poets were included in The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry, A Bilingual Anthology (University of California Press, 2008, and her translations of Alfonso D'Aquino and Ernesto Lumbreras appeared in Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon 2002). Her translation of Vallejo’s Trilce was a finalist for the 1992 PenWest Translation Award.

She has regularly reviewed for The Harvard Review and Calyx , and her poetry, translations, and essays have appeared in over twenty-five anthologies. Seiferle has a BA from the University of the State of New York with a major in English and History, and a minor in Art History. In 1989, she received her MFA from Warren Wilson College. She taught English and creative writing for a number of years at San Juan College and has taught at the Provincetown Fine Arts Center, Key West Literary Seminar, Port Townsend Writer’s Conference, Gemini Ink, the Stonecoast MFA program. From 2004-2006 she was Jacob Ziskind poet-in-residence at Brandeis University. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona and teaches at Southwest University of Visual Arts.

Poetry Collections:

Wild Tongue cover

2008 Grub Street National Poetry Prize

Bitters cover

Western States Book Award 2002;
Pushcart Prize

Music We
Dance To cover

Cecil Hemley Award;
Best American Poetry 2000

Ripped-Out Seam cover

Bogin Memorial Award;
Writer's Exchange Award;
National Writer's Union Prize;
Finalist Paterson Poetry Prize



The Black Heralds

by César Vallejo

Trilce cover

by César Vallejo

Trilce cover
The Whole Island: Six Decades of Cuban Poetry

Edited by Mark Weiss

Reversible Monuments cover
Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry

Edited by Mónica de la Torre and Michael Wiegers


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