Don't worry: it's pronounced Shi-ZEv-ski.
Paula Cisewski's fourth poetry collection, Quitter, won the Diode Editions Book Prize. She is also the author of The Threatened Everything, Ghost Fargo (Nightboat Poetry Prize winner, selected by Franz Wright), Upon Arrival, and several chapbooks, including the lyric prose Misplaced Sinister.
She lives in Minneapolis, where she teaches writing privately and academically and collaborates with fellow artists and activists.
She has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Oberholtzer Foundation, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, and House of Helsinglight. Her work has twice been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
While raising her son, Cisewski earned her BA from St. Catherine's University and her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. During those years, she worked in warehouses, was a mosaic artist mentor with Minneapolis teens, owned a coffee shop, and waited one million tables.
For several years Cisewski served as a reader and then as an associate editor of Conduit Magazine, Books, and Ephemera. Before that, she founded and curated a number of Twin Cities' reading series, including the open mic night at the Artists' Quarter Jazz Club, St. Paul Calls quarterly poetry & jazz series (with Fred Schmalz), the Imaginary Press Reading Series, several 100K Poets for Change events, the Banfill-Locke's 2013 Reading Series, The Poetry Fort, and the 2014 Maeve's Sessions (with Matt Mauch).