Rebecca Seiferle
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Rebecca Seiferle

Rebecca Seiferle's fourth poetry collection, Wild Tongue (Copper Canyon 2007) won the Grub Street National Poetry Prize. She was awarded a Lannan Literary Fellowship in 2004. Her previous poetry collection Bitters (Copper Canyon Press, 2001) won the Western States Book Award and a Pushcart prize. 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 in Fall 2003, and her translations of several Cuban poets were included in The Entire Island from the University of California Press in 2008. Her translations of Alfonso D'Aquino and Ernesto Lumbreras appeared in Reversible Monuments: Contemporary Mexican Poetry (Copper Canyon, 2002), and 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 . 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 has taught at the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Gemini Ink, Key West Literary Seminars, the Fine Arts Centre in Provincetown, and was poet-in-residence at Brandeis from 2004-2006. She is the founding editor of The Drunken Boat which first appeared online in April, 2000. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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