Natalie Scenters-Zapico

Poet in Residence
Latino/a Studies

BA, University of Texas at El Paso, Creative Writing, 2009
MFA, University of New Mexico, Creative Writing-Poetry, 2013

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a poet, educator, and activist from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, USA and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She is the author of Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press 2019) and The Verging Cities (Colorado State University 2015). Her books have been reviewed widely in prominent periodicals like The New Yorker, The New York Times, and the Washington Post, as well as platforms like NPR. Natalie’s poems have been published and anthologized in a wide range of nationally and internationally distributed journals including POETRY, The Paris Review, Kenyon Review, and Best American Poetry 2015. She is the winner of prestigious awards and fellowships from PEN America, the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Lannan Foundation (2017), CantoMundo (2015), and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation (2018).

Natalie has taught Advanced Poetry Workshops in Spanish and English, Chicana/o Literature, Writing and Communities, The Latinx Avant-Garde, Zeitgeist and the Political Poem, Writing a Revolution, Latina/o Literatures, and A Critical Introduction to Latina/o Studies.