Frances P. Adler

Oregon, United States

Member Since: 10/29/1984

Poet Frances Payne Adler is the author of five books, Making of a Matriot, 2nd Edition (Red Hen Press), Raising The Tents (Calyx), and three collaborative poetry-photography books and exhibitions with photographer Kira Carrillo Corser that have shown in galleries, universities, state capitol buildings across the country, and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. She also co-edited Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing (University of Arizona Press, 2009), with Debra Busman and Diana Garcia, that won the Foreword Book of the Year Award for Anthologies, and was named an Outstanding Academic Title by the Association of College and Research Libraries. Her current exhibition is "Dare I Call You Cousin," poems and visuals about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, done in collaboration with Jerusalem photographer Michal Fattal and Tel Aviv videographer Yossi Yacov. Adler is Professor Emerita and Founder of California State University Monterey Bay's Creative Writing and Social Action Program. She lives in Portland, Oregon.



  • Making of a Matriot, 2nd Edition , Red Hen Press (December 1, 2017)
  • Fire and Ink: An Anthology of Social Action Writing, Co-Editor with Diana Garcia and Debra Busman , University of Arizona Press (October 1, 2009)
  • Raising the Tents , Calyx Books (May 1, 1993)
  • When The Bough Breaks: Pregnancy and the Legacy of Addiction. With photographer 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(2016)
  • Obama New Millennial Award(2009)
  • Wurlitzer Foundation Residency(1995)
  • Western States Book Award, finalist.(2003)
  • California State Senate Award for Artistic and Social Collaboration (1988)
  • NEA Regional Award(1987)


  • Founder, Creative Writing and Social Action Program at California State University Monterey Bay (August 1996 - August 2006)


  • 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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