Simon, Maurya 1950-

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Simon, Maurya 1950-


Born December 7, 1950, in New York, NY; daughter of Robert Leopold (a composer and ethnomusicologist) and Baila (an artist) Simon; married Robert Edward Falk (a therapist), June 17, 1973; children: Naimo, Lean Falk Diaz. Education: Attended University of California, Berkeley, 1968-71; Pitzer College, B.A., 1980; University of California, Irvine, M.F.A., 1984. Religion: Jewish.


Home—CA. Office—Department of Creative Writing, University of California, Riverside, 900 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92521. E-mail—[email protected].


University of California, Riverside, lecturer, 1984-91, assistant professor, 1991-96, associate professor, 1996-97, professor of creative writing, 1997—. California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, visiting poet, 1986-91. San Antonio Town Hall, Mount Baldy, CA, member of executive board, 1986—.


Associated Writing Programs, Poetry Society of America, Poets and Writers, Academy of American Poets.


Fulbright Indo-American fellow, 1990; Peregrine Smith Poetry Award, 1990; Celia B. Wagner Award, Poetry Society of America, c. 1995; poetry fellow, National Endowment for the Arts, 1999.



The Enchanted Room, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 1986.

Days of Awe, Copper Canyon Press (Port Townsend, WA), 1989.

Speaking in Tongues, Peregrine Smith Books (Salt Lake City, UT), 1990.

The Golden Labyrinth, University of Missouri Press (Columbia, MO), 1995.

A Brief History of Punctuation, Sutton Hoo Press (Winona, MN), 2000.

Ghost Orchid, Red Hen Press (Granada Hills, CA), 2004.

Weavers, Blackbird Press (Cherokee, CA), 2006.

Cartographies, Ed Hen Press (Granada Hills, CA), 2007.