Alison Hawthorne Deming

Regents' Professor of Creative Writing, Department of English

Agnese Nelms Haury Chair of Environment and Social Justice

Poet and essayist Alison Hawthorne Deming’s most recent books are Stairway to Heaven (Penguin, 2016) and Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit (Milkweed, 2014). She is the author of three additional nonfiction books and four poetry books, most recently Rope (Penguin, 2009). Her first book Science and Other Poems won the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, Fine Arts Work Center, National Endowment for the Arts and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, among other honors. Her essay “Science and Poetry: A View From the Divide” won the Bayer Award in Science Writing. Former Director of the UA Poetry Center, she is also Senior Fellow at the Spring Creek Project, Department of Philosophy, Oregon State University and former poet-in-residence at the Jacksonville (FL) Zoo and Gardens. She is currently poet-in-residence for the Field Work Project bridging poetry and science at the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee Public Museum.


  • MFA, Vermont College
  • Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University