Maria Nazos

Maria Nazos (Poetry) | Lincoln, NE

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Maria Nazos is a poet, translator, and lyrical essayist, as well as the author of two collections of poetry: Still Life (Dancing Girl Press 2016) and A Hymn That Meanders (Wising Up Press 2011). Her poetry and translations are published or forthcoming in The New Yorker, TriQuarterly, The Columbia Review, The Denver Quarterly, The Mid-American Review, American Life in Poetry, The Greensboro Review, The North American Review, The Tampa Review, Drunken Boat, The Florida Review, The Southern Humanities Review, The New Ohio Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere.

Her work has received an Academy of American Poets Award, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from The Sewanee Writers’ Conference, various other scholarships from The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, The Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and fellowships from The University of Nebraska, The Vermont Studio Center, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, and The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She received her MFA in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and her Ph.D. in English with a Creative Writing Emphasis and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from The University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


A Hymn That Meanders (Wising Up Press, 2011). Poetry.


  • Still Life (Dancing Girl Press, 2016). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

With sonorous cadences, with relentless honesty, and with deeply human truths, as well as deeply human humans infusing her poems, Maria Nazos has written a stunning first collection. Godspeed (like a bolt, like a bullet) A Hymn That Meanders into the world!
—Thomas Lux, author of Particles: Poems, The Cradle Place, The Street of Clocks, and New and Selected Poems, 1975-1995

Maria Nazos’s first book successfully depicts an ‘us’ whose lyric motion is equal parts devotional and destructive but never accidental. This is grown-folk poetry, up front and adult, and there is not an ounce of surface-utterance in A Hymn That Meanders.
—Thomas Sayers Ellis, author of Skin Inc: Identity Repair Poems and The Maverick Room

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