April 2012

Seattle, WA – Donna Stonecipher was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up there and in Tehran, Iran. Her first book, The Reservoir, won the Contemporary Poetry Series competition and was published by the University of Georgia Press in 2002, and her second book, Souvenir de Constantinople, which explores the lure of the “exotic” and its effects, was published by Instance Press in 2007. Her third book, The Cosmopolitan, which engages with the phenomenon of voluntary exile, won the 2007 National Poetry Series, selected by John Yau, and was published in 2008 by Coffee House Press. Individual poems have been published in anthologies and many journals, among them New American Writing, Conjunctions, Denver Quarterly, and Coconut. Her poems have been translated into French, German, Spanish, and Czech. She is fluent in French and German, and her translations of French and German poets appear in many journals, including Circumference, Action Yes, LIT, Two Lines, and Mantis, and in the anthologies New European Poets (Graywolf) and Burning City (Action Books). She currently works as an editor and translator in Berlin, and teaches poetry via the University of Georgia’s distance learning program.

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