Javier Zamora

Javier Zamora is a rising star in the literary world of the Americas. He was born in the small Salvadoran town of La Herradura and immigrated to the US at nine, joining his parents in California and growing up undocumented. Zamora earned his BA at UC Berkeley and his MFA at NYU, where he studied with Yusef Komunyakaa, Sharon Olds, and Charles Simic. Zamora’s first chapbook, Nueve Años Inmigrantes/Nine Immigrant Years, engaged with history, borders, and memory, winning the 2011 Organic Weapon Arts contest. Since then, his poems have been featured in Granta, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New York Times, and many others. He has received many honors, including an NEA fellowship, the 2016 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, a 2016-2018 Wallace Stegner Fellowship, the 2017 Lannan Literary Fellowship, and the 2017 Narrative Prize. He is a founding member of the Undocupoets, which received the Barnes & Noble Writer for Writers Award In 2016, for working to promote undocumented or previously undocumented writers. Most recently he was a 2018-2019 Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University, where he was working on his memoir and second collection of poems. He lives in Harlem, NY.


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Awards and Honors

Finalist, Kate Tufts Discovery Award, 2019

Northern California Book Award, 2018

 Firecracker Award, 2018

Wallace Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University, 2016-18

Lannan Literary Fellowship in Poetry, 2017

Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, 2016

MacDowell Colony Fellowship, 2016

National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, 2015

Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing, Colgate University, 2014-15

Consequence Magazine Prize in Poetry, 2014

Meridian Editors’ Prize, 2014

CantoMundo Fellowship, 2012

David Blair Memorial Chapbook Prize (formerly the Organic Weapon Chapbook Prize), 2011

Scholar, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2010