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Eloisa Amezcua is from Arizona. Her second collection of poems, Fighting Is Like a Wife, was published by Coffee House Press (April 2022). Amezcua's debut collection, From the Inside Quietly, is the inaugural winner of the Shelterbelt Poetry Prize selected by Ada Limón, (Shelterbelt Press, 2018).
She earned a BA in English from the University of San Diego, where she was the recipient of the Lindsey J. Cropper Award for Creative Writing in Poetry selected by Ilya Kaminsky. In 2014, she completed the MFA program at Emerson College in Boston, MA. She's received fellowships & scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, Vermont Studio Center, the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, the Vermont College of Fine Arts Post-Graduate Workshop, the Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, & the NY State Summer Writers Institute. Amezcua has served as award juror, curator, and advisory board member for various organizations including the Poetry Society of America, the Whiting Foundation, PEN America, and Feminist Press, among others.
Eloisa is the Associate Director of the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America & serves on the faculty of Randolph College's Low Residency MFA program.