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
- 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
- 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
- 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"
- 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
- 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
- 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"