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Vickie Vértiz is the oldest child of an immigrant Mexican family. Her poetry and essays are featured in the New York Times magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, Autostraddle, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among many others. Her book Palm Frond with Its Throat Cut won the 2018 PEN America literary prize in poetry. A recipient of scholarships from Bread Loaf, the Community of Writers, and VONA, her writing was selected for the 2016 University of Arizona Poetry Center Summer Residency. Vickie earned an M.F.A. from UC-Riverside in nonfiction, a M.P.Aff. from UT-Austin, and a B.A. in political science from Williams College. A Macondo and CantoMundo Fellow, Vickie has given lectures and readings in France, Japan, Mexico, and throughout the United States. Vickie teaches in the Writing Program at UC-Santa Barbara.

Vickie is represented by Amanda Orozco.