Shira Dentz

Shira Dentz

Senior Lecturer

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  • M.F.A, Poetry, Iowa Writer’s Workshop
  • Ph.D., Creative Writing and Literature, University of Utah

Shira Dentz is the author of three books, black seeds on a white dish (Shearsman), door of thin skins (CavanKerry Press), and how do i net thee (forthcoming), as well as two chapbooks, Leaf Weather (Shearsman) and FLOUNDERS (Essay Press). She was Reviews Editor from 2011–2016 at Drunken Boat, an online international journal of art and literature, and is currently Special Features Editor at Tarpaulin Sky, an online literary zine, where in addition to editing special features she also curates a bi-weekly blog feature.  Her books have been favorably reviewed in many venues including American Book Review, Rain Taxi, and Boston Review, and her writing has appeared and forthcoming in many literary journals, including Poetry, The American Poetry Review, The Iowa Review, Western Humanities Review, jubilat, and New American Writing, and featured online at The Academy of American Poets’ website (, NPR, OmniVerse, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. Her awards including an Academy of American Poets’ Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Lyric Poem Award and Cecil Hemley Memorial Award, Electronic Poetry Review’s Discovery Award, and Painted Bride Quarterly’s Poetry Prize.

Her interest in language itself as a series of shapes is reflected in her experimentation with form. For instance, door of thin skins attempts to deconstruct the nature of psychological power through the deconstruction of language and traditional narrative. In black seeds on a white dish, shapes themselves, including punctuation, become a language. Often, her writing is a hybrid of poetry, prose, and visual elements.

Her passion for writing, literature, and interdisciplinary inquiry inform her teaching. Her areas of specialty are creative writing, 20th and 21st century American literature, European and American Modernism, and an interdisciplinary focus on the relation between word and image. Her background as a visual artist influences her approach to form. Her writing students read and experiment with hybrid writing (poetic and narrative) and visual writing, and she encourages fluidity between genres and artistic mediums.

Her current works-in-progress explore female experience including aging as well as the metaphysics of  “home."

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