Mrs. Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Washington, United States

Member Since: 10/17/2017

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A. and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA with a concentration in poetry from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Verging Cities (Colorado State University 2015) and Lima :: Limón, forthcoming (Copper Canyon Press). She has won awards and fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, PEN/America, CantoMundo, and is a 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow.  Her poems can be found in POETRY, Tin House, American Poets, The Believer, The Boston Review, Kenyon Review, among others. She teaches in English and Latina/o Studies at the University of Puget Sound. 


Twitter Username: @Nascenters


  • Lima :: Limón , Copper Canyon Press (May 15, 2019)
  • The Verging Cities , Center For Literary Publishing at Colorado State University (April 15, 2015)


  • Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship(2018)
  • Lannan Literary Fellowship(2017)
  • PEN American/ Joyce Osterweil Award(2017)
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award(2016)
  • National Association for Chicana/o Studies Tejas FOCO Award(2016)
  • Utah Book Award(2017)


  • Lecturer at University of Nebraska--Lincoln (August 2017 - May 2018)
  • Professor of Literature at Bennington College (August 2018 - May 2019)
  • Professor at University of Puget Sound (August 2019 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso (December 2009)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of New Mexico (May 2013)

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