Sharon Doubiago


Sharon Doubiago’s memoir, My Father’s Love/Portrait of the Poet as a Young Girl, Volume One, November 2009, Wild Ocean Press, was a finalist in the Northern California Book Awards in Creative Non Fiction, 2010. Volume Two was published in 2011. Love on the Streets, Selected and New Poems, was published by the University of Pittsburgh, November 2008, and received the Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Award, and was a finalist in the Paterson NJ Poetry Prize, Feb 2010. She has written two dozen books of poetry and prose, most notably the epic poem Hard Country (West End Press), the booklength poem South America Mi Hija (University of Pittsburgh) which was nominated twice for the National Book Award, the poetry collection, Body and Soul, which was a PEN USA West, Poetry Book Award Finalist, 2001, and the story collections, El Niño (Lost Roads Press), and The Book of Seeing With One’s Own Eyes (Graywolf Press) which was selected to the Oregon Culture Heritage list: Literary Oregon, 100 Books, 1800-2000. She holds three Pushcart Prizes for poetry and fiction, the Oregon Book Award for Poetry for Psyche Drives the Coast, and a California Arts Council Award. She is a board member of PEN Oakland. For two decades she has been writing Son, a memoir about the mother-son relationship, for which she has received two Oregon Institute of Literary Art Fellowships and other significant awards. Her new collection of memoir stories, Why She Loved Him, is circulating, and her new memoir, Ramon/Ramona, about her first love at thirteen, a Kumeyaay of the tribe chronicled in Helen Hunt Jackson’s Ramona, is nearing completion. She has published over a hundred essays—from the personal and creative, to the scholarly. For the past decade she has lived in San Francisco and has completed Naked to the Earth, a poetry manuscript that includes the two poems here.

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