Curriculum Vitae: M. Miriam Herrera

Poet, Educator, Editor


  • A lyrical poet descended from natives of the South Texas Rio Grande Valley


  • M.A., The Program for Writers, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • B.A., English, University of Illinois at Chicago

Professional Experience:

  • University of Texas, Pan American, Edinburg, TX, January 2012 - Present. Lecturer, Department of English: Teach Literature, Creative Writing, and Composition and Rhetoric.
  • Self-Employed, Malta, NY, Jan. 1990 – Present. Technical Writer/Editor: Write, edit, proofread scientific proposals, papers, and vitae in mathematics and neuroscience; edit business and employment application documents.
  • Russell Sage College, Troy, NY, Sept. 1992 – Jan. 2006. Writing Studio Director and Instructor of English, Department of Literature and Modern Languages: Teach courses in Creative Writing, U.S. Latino(a) Literature, Peer Writing Practicum, English Composition, Research Writing, Technical Writing, Writing and Community; direct The Writing Studio; develop literary events to the college community.
  • University of New Mexico, Los Alamos, NM; Instructor of English
  • Santa Fe Community College, Santa Fe, NM; Instructor of English
  • South Bay College, Hawthorne, CA; Instructor, Associate Dean of Faculty
  • University of Illinois, Chicago, IL; Lecturer, Department of English
  • Los Alamos Technical Associates, Los Alamos, NM; Technical Writer & Editor

Honors & Accomplishments:

  • Finalist, New Women's Voices Chapbook Competition, 2008 (for chapbook Kaddish for Columbus)
  • Finalist, Andrés Montoya Poetry Book Prize, 2008 (for Witch Wife)
  • Finalist, Binnacle Poetry Award, 2007
  • Scholarship, Squaw Valley Community of Writers
  • The University of Albany, winner of master poetry workshop competition for study with Irish poet, John Montague
  • Abraham Lincoln Fellow, The University of Illinois, Program for Writers: Poetry
  • Co-founder of Words Without Walls Undergraduate Creative Writing Conference; The University at Albany, NY
  • Founder of The Writing Studio at Russell Sage College (RSC)
  • Founder of Medusa Community of Poets & Writers, RSC
  • Founder of The Audre Lorde Poetry Prize, RSC
  • First Place Winner of Illinois State Student Recognition Award

Professional Affiliations:

  • Squaw Valley Community of Writers, Squaw Valley, CA
  • Hudson Valley Writers Guild board member
  • Academy of American Poets
  • American Poetry Society
  • Associated Writing Programs (AWP)
  • Poets & Writers Directory of American Poets and Writers

Publications: Poems

  • Albatross:  "Elegy for an Angelito"
  • Southwestern American Literature:  "La Malinche," " Ahuacatl,"  "Blessing the Animals"
  • Earth's Daughters: "Once I Heard My Father Cry"
  • New Millennium Writings:  "In the Calyx"
  • ArtLife: The Original Limited Edition Monthly:  "Witch Wife"
  • Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry: "Kaddish for Columbus"
  • New Zoo Poetry Review:  "Father's Love Letter"
  • Blue Mesa Review:  "Kiva at Chaco Canyon"
  • Ecos: A Latino Journal of People's Culture and Literature: " To Jenny," "First Snow," "From a Waterfall," "Visit Home," and "Love Poem for Charles"
  • Black Maria:  "Driving in Fog," "Dream of Three Girls at Play," "After a Year"
  • Squaw Valley Poetry Anthology 2005: "At the Edge of Town"
  • The Daily Illini, "Poetry Contest Honorable Mention," University of Illinois at Chicago: "To Jenny"

Publications: Chapbooks 

  • Kaddish for Columbus, Finishing Line Press, 2009

Poetry Readings & Relevant Talks Presented:

  • Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference, Reading/Talk, "A Crypto Jew Celebrates her First Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead), San Antonio, TX,  August 2010
  • Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference, Poetry Reading/Talk, "The Shekinah in a Crypto-Jew's Poetic Images of the Natural World, Denver, CO,  August 2009
  • Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies Conference, Poetry Reading/Talk, "How a Chicana Converso Reconciled Disparate Identities," Albuquerque, NM, August 2007
  • University at Albany, The Multicultural Poetics of Lucille Clifton, Yusef Komunyakaa, Ana Castillo, and Gloria Anzaldua; Talk, Poetry Workshop Leader, April 2005
  • International Women Writers Guild; Featured Poet for National Women's History Month; March, 2004
  • University at Albany, Writing From Your Roots; Talk, Poetry Workshop Leader, April 2004
  • Ohio State University; Poetry Reading; Featured poet for Ohio State University Hispanic Heritage Month Program, March 2001
  • Public Talks and Readings at Russell Sage College: Giaconda Belli: The Bourgeois Poet of Nicaragua, Talk, Upton Center for Women's Studies, April 2003; The Life and Poetry of Audre Lorde, Talk, Upton Center for Women's Studies, March 1999, and February 1998; National Poetry Month Poetry Faculty Readings, Spring Semesters, 1995-2005

Professional Affiliations:

  • Poetry & Arts Editor: HaLapid: Journal of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies
  • Webmaster, Hudson Valley Writers Guild
  • Board Member, Hudson Valley Writers Guild
  • New York Office of Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), Spanish/English Bilingual Judge for poetry contest, "Voices of Recovery Arts Festival"
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