Maxine Scates (Born 1949) is an American poet.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, she received a B.A. in English from California State University, Northridge, where she studied with the poet, Ann Stanford, whose selected poems Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford she later co-edited with another former student of Stanford's, the poet David Trinidad. She moved to Eugene, Oregon in 1973 to pursue an M.F.A. which she received in 1975.
She is the author of three books of poems, Undone(New Issues 2011), Black Loam (Cherry Grove, 2005) which received the Lyre Prize and was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award for Poetry, andToluca Street (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989), which received the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and subsequently the Oregon Book Award for Poetry.
She has taught throughout the state of Oregon, most recently at Reed College.
Her poems have appeared in such journals as AGNI, American Poetry Review, Antioch Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crazyhorse, Hubbub, Ironwood, Luna, Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review, North American Review, Oregon Literary Review,Ploughshares, Poetry East, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, The Virginia Quarterly Review,The Women's Review of Books, and ZYZZYVA.
- 1988 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, for Toluca Street
- 1990Oregon Book Award for Poetry
- 2004 Lyre Prize for Black Loam
- 2010 Pushcart Prize
- MacDowell Colony Fellow, Oregon Arts Commission and Literary Arts Fellowship
- "What Do We Know and When Do We Know It?". Virginia Quarterly Review: 148–149. Fall 2008.
- "Mother's Closet", Poetry Foundation
- "Fan". Ploughshares. Winter 2007–2008. Archived from the original on January 28, 2016.
- Toluca Street. University of Pittsburgh Press. 1989. ISBN 978-0-8229-3623-7.
- Black Loam. Cherry Grove Collections. 2005. ISBN 978-1-932339-73-4.
- Undone. New Issues Poetry & Prose. 2011. ISBN 978-1-930974-99-9.
- Maxine Scates, David Trinidad, ed. (2001). Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford. Copper Canyon Press. ISBN 978-1-55659-158-7.