Pamela Uschuk

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Pamela Uschuk
Nationality American
Alma mater Central Michigan University;
University of Montana
Genre Poetry
Notable awards American Book Award
Spouse William Pitt Root

Pamela Uschuk is an American poet, and 2011 Visiting Poet at University of Tennessee. She won a 2010 American Book Award, for Crazy Love: New Poems.


Born and raised in Michigan, she received her B.A. In English (cum laude) from Central Michigan University.[1] She graduated from the University of Montana with a MFA in Poetry and Fiction.[2]

Uschuk has taught creative writing at Marist College, Pacific Lutheran University, Fort Lewis College, the University of Arizona, Salem College, where she was also Director of the Center for Women Writers. She has also taught at Greenhaven Maximum Security Prison for Men in upstate New York and in Native American schools on the Salish, Sioux, Assiniboine, Northern Cheyenne, Flathead, Blackfeet, Crow, Tohono O'odham and Yaqui nations. She is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Her literary prizes include the Dorothy Daniels Writing Award from the American League of PEN Women, Simi Valley, the King's English Poetry Prize, the New Millennium Poetry Prize, the Iris Poetry Prize, The Ronald H. Bayes Poetry Prize, and the Tucson/Pima Literature Prize, and Struga Poetry Prize for a theme poem. She has also won awards and honors from the Chester H. Jones Foundation, Wildwood Journal, and Amnesty International.

Her work has been translated into a dozen languages, and it appears over 300 journals and anthologies worldwide, including Agni, American Voice, Asheville Poetry Review, Nimrod, Parabola, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, and Southeast Review.[3]

Uschuk is the judge for the 2012 Naugatuck River Review Narrative Poetry Prize.[4]

She married poet William Pitt Root; they live, hike and kayak near Durango, Colorado.[5]



Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, 2008, Volume 4, Issue 1, ISBN 978-0-9795634-1-6 "Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts," 2011, Volume 12, Issue 1, ISBN 978-0-9795634-5-4


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