About & ET CETERA

Miriam Bird Greenberg is the author, most recently, of In the Volcano's Mouth, which won the 2015 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize and is forthcoming from the University of Pittsburgh Press in the autumn of 2016.

She has been recognized with fellowships from the NEA, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, and the Poetry Foundation. The author of two previous chapbooks—All night in the new country (Sixteen Rivers) and Pact-Blood, Fevergrass (Ricochet Editions)—her work has appeared in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Zyzzyva, Lambda Literary Spotlight, Sycamore Review, and the anthologies Best New Poets 2014 (Samovar) and The Queer South (Sibling Rivalry). A former Wallace Stegner Fellow, she lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where for many years she collaboratively developed site-specific performances for very small audiences. 

The daughter of a New York Jew and a goat-raising anthropologist involved in the back-to-the-land movement, Miriam grew up on an organic farm in rural Texas. She teaches creative writing and ESL, though she’s also crossed the continent aboard freight trains and as a hitchhiker, plus bicycled a few thousand miles in the US, Canada, Thailand, Burma, and China. Recent travels took her to Hong Kong for research on asylum seekers and economic migrants living in the Chungking Mansions, where she'll return for part of 2017 supported by a grant from the John Anson Kittredge Fund.