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Paige Ackerson-Kiely received a BA in Asian Studies from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. Prior to this achievement, she attended Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, Marmara University in Istanbul, and Birzeit University in Birzeit, Palestine.
Ackerson-Kiely is the author of In No One's Land (Ahsahta Press, 2007), a book of poetry that was selected for the 2006 Sawtooth Poetry Prize by poet D. A. Powell. This book also won the award for Poets & Writers Exchange. Her second full length collection of poetry, My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer (Ahsahta Press, 2012)  began as a response to Admiral Richard E. Byrd's memoir, Alone. Additionally, Ackerson-Kiely has produced a limited edition art folio, This Landscape (Argos Books 2010), and prose chapbook Book About a Candle Burning in a Shed (above/ground 2011). She has been published in numerous journals such as Pleiades, Bellingham Review, Ninth Letter, jubilat, LIT, and The Laurel Review. In 2009 she was one of the featured authors in the all-poetry edition of The Laurel Review, an edition that was dedicated to the memory of poet Reginald Shepherd. She is currently a co-editor for Black Ocean's poetry journal Handsome. and works at a homeless shelter.
Notes and references
- Ahsahta Press Short biography.
- Ahsahta Press Book information
- Black Ocean This is part of the Handsome Journal.
-  My Love is a Dead Arctic Explorer information
-  Argos Books
-  Book About a Candle Burning in a Shed
- Jentle Arts. Short Bio page.
- The Laurel Review, Winter 2009, Vol. 43, Issue 1.
-  Black Ocean
-  Author Statement
-  Author Bio
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