Maya Jewell Zeller grew up in the Northwest. She has taught writing and literature to high school and college students, fourth graders, and senior citizens, and has been a writer-in-residence in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest. Recipient of a 2016 Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation, her work has also won awards from Sycamore Review, New South, New Ohio Review, Dogwood, Florida Review and Crab Orchard Review, and has been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.
She is the author (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) of the poetry collections Alchemy for Cells & Other Beasts(Entre Rios, October 2017), Rust Fish (April 2011, Lost Horse Press) and Yesterday, the Bees (October 2015, Floating Bridge Press). Other manuscripts have been finalists with the National Poetry Series, University of Wisconsin, Prairie Schooner, Waywiser, and elsewhere, and poems, essays, and reviews appear in journals such as Bellingham Review, West Branch, Pleiades, New Ohio Review, High Desert Journal, Cincinnati Review, The Rumpus, Willow Springs, The Moth, and Rattle, as well as anthologies such as Forest Under Story, All We Can Hold, and New Poets of the American West. Maya serves as Poetry Editor for Scablands Books; she is also An Assistant Professor of English/Creative Writing for Central Washington University.