Paula Cisewski, an award-winning poet and author, has been named the 2014 Writer-in-Residence at Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts.
Her poems have been published in several literary magazines and anthologies and she also frequently participates in poetry readings throughout the Midwest.
Cisewski holds a master’s degree in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vt., and has been a teacher of creative writing for a number of years.
The writer in residence has released multiple books and anthologies, including “Upon Arrival,” a collection of her poetry, and “Ghost Fargo,” which was recently awarded the Nightboat Poetry Prize by Franz Wright and was a finalist for the Grub Street Book Prize.
Cisewski’s poems regularly appear in literary magazines and anthologies such as “South Dakota Review,” “Everyday Genius” and “REVOLUTIONesque.” She is also a recipient of the SASE/Jerome Grant.
She has taught poetry workshops and classes at several schools, including the University of St. Thomas, Globe University, Hamline University, the Bemidji Regional Arts Council, Rasmussen College and the Loft Literary Center. She and her husband Jack Walsh cofounded the JoyFace Poetry & Arts Collective.
In 2013 Cisewski served as the curator of the reading series at Banfill-Locke, inviting inspiring writers to share their talents during the monthly series.
In her role as writer-in-residence, Cisewski will facilitate the NorthWords writers group, engage with the center’s writers in a variety of ways and also have time and space to work on her own projects in the art center.
“I’m thrilled to work with the NorthWords writers and I’m so grateful for the chance to focus on a couple challenging writing projects, which will benefit greatly from the time and space the Banfill-Locke residency will allow,” Cisewski said.
Banfill-Locke Executive Director Bethany Whitehead is thrilled to have Cisewski back in a new capacity for another year, she said.
“She is a talented and well-connected writer and she brings a lot of energy to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts,” Whitehead said. “I look forward to seeing her own current writing project enhanced through her role as our writer-in-residence.”
Past writers-in-residence include Amy McCann, Kathryn Kysar, Gary Dop, John Medeiros and Kris Bigalk.