The oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family, Vickie Vértiz was born and raised in Bell Gardens, a southeast Los Angeles city.
Her writing is featured in the New York Times magazine, Spiral Orb, Huizache, Nepantla, Omniverse, the Los Angeles Review of Books, KCET Departures, and the anthologies: Open the Door (from McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation), and The Coiled Serpent (from Tia Chucha Press), among many others.
A 2018 Bread Loaf Environmental fellow, a Macondista and seven-time VONA participant, Vickie was also the 2015 Lucille Clifton Scholar at the Community of Writers at Sq. Valley in Lake Tahoe. Her work was chosen by Natalie Diaz for the 2016 University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency Program.
Vértiz’s first full collection of poetry, Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut, published in the Camino del Sol Series by The University of Arizona Press won a 2018 PEN America literary prize. Get a copy here.
Vickie has taught creative writing and given lectures at the Claremont Graduate University, 826LA, the Center Theater Group, and her alma maters Williams College, Bell Gardens High School, and UC Riverside, where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in 2015.
Vickie is a proud member of Colectivo Miresa, a feminist cooperative speaker’s bureau, her first poetry collection, Swallows, is available from Finishing Line Press. She teaches in the MFA Writing program at Otis College of Art and Design.
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