"I love when a group of poems gathers personal experience or emotion, and connects that to a social justice issue. The poet here gives us all parts of themselves, their unique visions and commentary, but also the complex emotions tied to those ideals."
Gwendolyn Ann Hill, originally from Iowa City, IA, earned her B.A. from Oregon State University, where she was awarded the 2015 Provost’s Prize for Poetry and the 2016 Academy of American Poets’ Prize, and her M.F.A. from the University of Arkansas, where she was awarded the 2016 Carolyn Walton Cole First Year Fellowship, the 2017 Lily Peter Fellowship, the 2018 James T. Whitehead Award, and the 2019 Harrison/Whitehead Founders’ Fellowship.
Her writing explores intersections between colonization and environmental catastrophe, and her complicity—both personal and familial. Her work was named a finalist for Wick Poetry Center's 2020 Poems for Peace and Conflict Transformation Contest, received support from the Bread Loaf Environmental Writers’ Conference, and appears in Poets.org, Prairie Schooner, Painted Bride Quarterly, Narrative, Split Rock Review, and Rewilding: Poems for the Environment (Flexible Press, 2020).
In 2019, she developed and taught a Special Topics Composition class at the University of Arkansas, focused on Ecological Literacy—the applied, practiced, and situated skills, learning processes, and text used for reasoning about and making sense of the Earth. She has developed environmental writing workshops for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, the Northwest Arkansas Land Trust, Apple Seeds, Inc., Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, and the Open Mouth Reading Series, for whom she also serves as Educational Director.
Find her on Twitter @GMauroner and Instagram @gwendolynmauroner.