Frances P. Adler

Oregon, United States

Member Since: 11/14/2011

Poet Frances Payne Adler is the author of five books, Making of a Matriot, Raising The Tents,and three collaborative poetry-photography books and exhibitions with photographer Kira Carrillo Corser that have shown in galleries, state capitol buildings across the country, and in the Cannon and Rayburn House Buildings in Washington, D.C. She also co-edited Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, with Debra Busman and Diana Garcia, that won the 2009 Foreword Book of the Year Award for Anthologies, Silver Medal. Adler's current work-in-progress is Dare I Call You Cousin, poetry & visuals about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in collaboration with Israeli artists, photographer Michal Fattal and videographer Yossi Yacov. Adler is Professor Emerita of Creative Writing and Founder of California State University Monterey Bay's Creative Writing and Social Action Program. 


  • Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing. Co-Editor with Debra Busman and Diana Garcia , University of Arizona Press (September 1, 2009)
  • Making of a Matriot , Red Hen Press (October 1, 2003)
  • Raising the Tents , Calyx Books (May 1, 1993)
  • When The Bough Breaks: Pregnancy and the Legacy of Addiction. With Kira Carrillo Corser. , NewSage Press (September 1, 1993)
  • Struggle To Be Borne. With Kira Carrillo Corser. , San Diego State Univesrity Press (September 1, 1988)
  • Home Street Home. With Kira Carrillo Corser. , Red Cross (September 1, 1984)


  • Montreal International Poetry Prize, finalist.(2013)
  • Regional Arts and Culture Council Award(2012)
  • Obama New Millennial Award(2009)
  • Wurlitzer Foundation Residency(1995)
  • Western States Book Award, finalist.(2003)
  • California State Senate Award for Aritstic and Social Collaboration (1988)
  • NEA Regional Award(1987)


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry from Arizona State University (May 1989)
  • Master of Arts in English, Creative Writing from San Diego State University (May 1986)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from San Diego State University (May 1980)

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