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Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming (b. 1946 Hartford, Connecticut) is an American poet, and essayist.


Deming is a descendant of Nathaniel Hawthorne. She worked in health care for fifteen years.[1] She graduated in 1983 with a M.F.A. in Writing, from Vermont College, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. She was a Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, Massachusetts. She taught at the University of Southern Maine.[2] In 1997, she was visiting Writer, at the University of Hawai’i. In 1999, she was Lecturer at Center for the American West.[3]

She has taught at the University of Arizona since 1980. [4] She lives near Aqua Caliente Hill in Tucson, Arizona.[2] Her daughter is the artist Lucinda Bliss.[5]


  • 1998 Finalist, PEN Center West Award for Creative Nonfiction, for The Edges of the Civilized World
  • 1995 Poetry Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts
  • 1994 Walt Whitman Award selected by Gerald Stern
  • 1993 Pushcart Prize (nonfiction), Pushcart Press
  • 1992 Gertrude B. Claytor Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America, New York, NY
  • 1990 Poetry Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts






External links

  • "Author's website"
  • Interview with Deming on Words on a Wire

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