Alinda Wasner, The Starving Poet

Listed in Poets and Writers, Alinda Wasner’s work has appeared in Fresh WaterWomen Writing About the Great Lakes, (a Michigan Best Book) Avatar Review, New Millennium Poets, Passages North,  Wayne Review, Wittenberg Review, Blue Lake Review, Corridors, Comstock Review, UpStreet, Paint Creek Press, Outsider Writers, Corridors, Inkwell, InSpirit, The MacGuffin, Up the Staircase, Moving Out, The Detroit Free Press, Detroit Metro Times and Michigan Natural Resources, among others. Her chapbooks include Departures/Arrivals was published by ML Liebler’s Ridgeway Press, and her latest, Kissing The Ikons, which is available for sale on


Winner of the Tompkins Prize for Poetry, Fiction and Essay, Alinda has also won an Amelia Press Award, the Wittenberg Poetry Award, a Mr. Cogito Press Award, an Archives Bookstore Poetry prize, a Port Aransas Poetry Slam prize, a MacGuffin prize, a Chicago Poetry Center juried award, a 2007 Prague Writer’s scholarship, and was semi-finalist in the 2010 Paumonok Poetry Prize (winner was Mary Jo Bang, finalists were Kathleen Spivak and Ellen Bass), a finalist in the  2010 Atlanta Review International Poetry Award, and has been nominated for the 2011 Best of the Net award.


Most recently, out of 1700 entrants, she has won second place in Ireland’s 2012 International Poetry Prize. Her work has also been translated into Greek and appears in the latest version of Khoros, an authoritative journal of Greek Tradition, Dance and the Arts.


Wasner has given readings in Prague, Detroit, Flint, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Port Aransas, TX, Port Sanilac, Louisville, KY,  Port Huron, Springfield and Columbus, OH, and Lansing, MI.  She has also appeared on WDET, the Ntozake Shange show, and is known to take part in occasional poetry slams.

Wasner lives and writes in southeast Michigan, splitting time between her suburban Detroit home and her cozy Lake Huron cottage.