Ms. Arianne Zwartjes

Colorado, United States

Member Since: 01/03/2019

Arianne Zwartjes has worked as an outdoor educator, a wilderness medicine instructor, an EMT, and a carpenter, and teaches for the Sierra Nevada College Low-Residency MFA Program. She is the author of the lyric nonfiction project Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy (University of Iowa Press); a selection from Detailing Trauma won the 2011 Gulf Coast Prize for Nonfiction and was a Best American Essays Notable Essay. Her writing can be found in Tarpaulin Sky, Kenyon Review, Ninth Letter, Fourth Genre, Essay Daily, and elsewhere; her previous works include Disem(body), The Surfacing of Excess, and (Stitched) A Surface Opens: Essays. She has taught writing at the University of Arizona, the United World College, Pima Community College, Santa Fe Community College, the UA Poetry Center, Youth Speaks (now Urban Word), and elsewhere, and currently splits her time between northern Arizona and Colorado. Visit her and her writing at



Twitter Username: @arizwartjes


  • Detailing Trauma: A Poetic Anatomy , University of Iowa Press (2012)
  • The Surfacing of Excess , Eastern Washington University Press (2010)
  • Disem(body): A Tracing , Dancing Girl Press (2011)
  • (Stitched) A Surface Opens: Essays , New Michigan Press (2008)


  • English Faculty at University of Arizona
  • English Faculty / Director, Wilderness Program at United World College
  • English Faculty at Santa Fe Community College
  • Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing at Sierra Nevada College (August 2018 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from University of Arizona

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Poetry