Alison Deming

Arizona, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Alison Hawthorne Deming’s poetry books include Science and Other Poems, winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets; The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence, Genius LociRope and Stairway to Heaven. She also recently published Death Valley: Painted Light, a collaboration with photographer Stephen Strom. Her nonfiction books are Temporary Homelands, The Edges of the Civilized World, and Writing the Sacred Into the Real and Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit. She edited Poetry of the American West: A Columbia Anthology and coedited with Lauret E. Savoy The Colors of Nature: Essays on Culture, Identity and the Natural World. Deming received an MFA from Vermont College, a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and Guggenheim Fellowship, among other awards. Her writing has been widely published and anthologized, including in The Norton Book of Nature Writing and Best American Science and Nature Writing. Former Director of the University of Arizona Poetry Center, she currently is Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice and Regents' Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Arizona and faculty affiliate with UA’s Institute of the Environment. 




Twitter Username: @AlisonDeming


  • STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN , Penguin (September 2016)
  • ZOOLOGIES: On Animals and the Human Spirit , Milkweed Editions (October 2014)
  • Death Valley: Painted Light , George F Thompson (2016)
  • Rope , Penguin (2009)
  • Genius Loci , Penguin (2004)
  • Writing the Sacred Into the Real , Milkweed (2001)
  • The Monarchs: A Poem Sequence , LSU Press (1998)
  • The Edges of the Civilized World , Picador USA (1998)
  • Temporary Homelands , Mercury House; Picador USA (1994)
  • Science and Other Poems , LSU Press (1994)


  • Guggenheim Fellow(2015)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1995)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1990)
  • Wallace Stegner Fellows, Stanford University(1987)
  • Fine Arts Work Center, Poetry Fellow(1984)
  • Walt Whitman Award(1993)


  • Regents' Professor and Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment & Social Justice at University of Arizona (September 2014 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts (December 1983)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry