Andrena Zawinski

115 Athol AvenueOakland, CA 94606
(510) 268-9796

Author's Bio

Grace Cavalieri of NPR's The Poet and the Poem, calls Andrena Zawinski “the poet we find when we're in luck." The Montserrat Review praises her as “a deeply gifted poet who compels us to look more closely at our world and more honestly at our perceptions of it.” Of her latest collection, Taking the Road Where It Leads, Sharon Doubiago says "the palimpsest theme and quality of these poems is beautiful." Maggie Anderson goes on to say "that these are serious, richly metaphorical poems. Take them where they lead you!" Zawinski has been Features Editor at Poetry since 2000. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, but has made the California her home for several years. Zawinski teaches writing at Laney Community College in Oakland. She founded and organizes the San Francisco Bay Area Women’s Poetry Potluck Salon. When not writing or teaching, she is an avid shutterbug with many photographs appearing in literary journals in print and online. California Quarterly's Jeanne Wagner dubs Zawinski "part tour guide, part magician" and says that her poetry in Taking the Road Where It Leads "intersects time and space" and that "not only do the poems explore the various levels of 'traveling,' they are themselves driven by their own alliterative style and music into the localities of memory and imagination." Of Traveling in Reflected Light, Len Roberts calls her poetry "strongly imagistic and tightly rhythmical" while Lynn Emanuel characterizes her writing with "this is an articulate, urbane, sophisticated voice...the poems seethe with savvy and are packed with a bristling ironic intelligence."

Publications and Prizes


Traveling in Reflected Light
(Pig Iron Press,
Something About
(Blue Light Press,


Taking the Road Where It Leads
(Poets Corner Press,
Zawinski's Greatest Hits 1991-2001
(Pudding House Publications,


California Quarterly

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European American, Feminist
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Pittsburgh, PA
Raised in: 
Pittsburgh, PA

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Listing last updated: August 4, 2009.

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