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Biography--A Work in Progress

A native of Austin, Texas, who grew up just north of Dallas, Robin Scofield is the author of Sunflower Cantos, which received advance praise from Jennifer Clement, President of PEN Mexico:  “Sunflower Cantos feels like an ecstatic channeling, as if this poet had conjured our ancient, sacred word-hoard.  These are stunning, mysterious poems.”  The collection is from Mouthfeel Press as well as her chapbook And the Ass Saw the Angel.  She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Creative Writing where she received the Christopher Morley Poetry Prize, studied with Albert Goldbarth, David Wevill, and Richard Howard and was active in the Spoken Word scene.  She was also a featured poet in Analecta, the literary magazine of the University of Texas.  Then, she put down roots in El Paso 25 years ago and worked in the academic fields as a migrant scholar, teaching everything from Basic Writing to Rhetoric of the Holocaust.  Currently, she serves as poetry editor for BorderSenses.  She has been published in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, The Texas Observer, Unlikely Stories, Theology Today, BorderSenses, Onthebus, The 2River View, The Loch Raven Review, and The Rio Grande Review.  She writes regularly with the Tumblewords project and participates in the juried San Miguel Poetry Week annually.  Her upcoming publications include Drive, her second full length collection from Mouthfeel Press.  Included is her poem, “Constructions,” which won best of inspirational poetry from the El Paso Writers’ League in 2009.  She has poems appearing or forthcoming in The Mas Tequila Review and Cimarron Review.

She has been a featured reader in several venues, including the El Paso Arts Museum, and she regularly attends The Tumblewords Project, a community-based writing group and is active in regional as well as international literary events, such as the juried San Miguel Poetry Week. 

She also presents workshops for the Tumblewords Project and the El Paso Writers League as well as workshops in the Arts-in-Education program of the  El Paso Arts Resources Department. She has received grants from El Paso Arts Resources Department for  Poet-in-the-Schools programs, including Thomas Manor elementary in the lower valley and the Arts Afterhours Program--three month-long poetry residencies at Guillen, Pasodale, and Socorro middle schools.  In addition, she is on the Artists’ Roster of the Texas Commission on the Arts.

In addition to other awards, she was a finalist for the Newman poetry residency, a semi-finalist in the River Styx poetry contest, a semi-finalist for the poetry residency at University of Arizona.  She also received honorable mention for her chapbook, Looking at Weather, from White Eagle Coffee Store Press.

            Other areas of scholarship and expertise include native plants of the Chihuahua Desert, modern art and sculpture, the rhetoric of the Holocaust, and dog psychology.

 

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