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CWU Professor, Award-Winning Poet to Read Tuesday

Maya Jewell ZellerPoet and assistant professor Maya Jewell Zeller will share her works Tuesday, February 21, as part of the annual Central Washington University Lion Rock Visiting Writers Series.

There will be two opportunities to hear from Zeller on Tuesday. At 7:30 p.m., she will read from her work in the Student Union Ballroom. She will also be giving a craft talk titled “Outtakes from the Making: the Story Behind the Image” in Black Hall room 151 at noon the same day.

Both events are free and open to the public. Her books will be available for sale courtesy of the CWU Wildcat Shop following the 7:30 p.m. event.

Zeller's reading will include pieces from her childhood in the rural northwest, as well as selections from Yesterday, the Bees, a collection offering "perspectives on motherhood.” She will also read more recent works.

“[My poems] open up new ways of experiencing language via music, image, and narrative,” Zeller said.

In addition to authoring two poetry collections, Rust Fish and Yesterday, the Bees, Zeller is a recent addition to the Central Washington University faculty, where she teaches poetry and poetics. Her work has won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood, Florida Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She has also been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes.

Zeller’s work has appeared in Bellingham Review, West Branch, Pleiades, and New Ohio Review. She served as the fiction editor for Crab Creek Review and poetry editor for Scablands Books. She is the recipient of a residence from the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and in 2016 earned the Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.

This event is sponsored by CWU College of Arts and Humanities, Department of English, Karen Gookin, and the Wildcat Shop.

For more information about the Lion Rock series, visit or contact Lisa Norris at 509-963-1745 or

Media contact:  Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator,, 509-963-1484.

--February 19, 2017