Maya C. Popa is a Romanian/American writer, editor, and teacher currently living in New York City. Her first collection of poems, American Faith (Sarabande 2019), was the 2020 Recipient of the North American Book Prize. Her pamphlet The Bees Have Been Canceled was a PBS summer choice in 2017.
Dear Life is forthcoming from Smith|Doorstop Books in 2022 as winner of the PBS pamphlet competition judged by Pascale Petit and Daljit Nagra. Her second collection of poems is forthcoming from W.W. Norton in late 2022.
She serves as Poetry Reviews Editor of Publishers Weekly, director of Creative Writing at the Nightingale-Bamford school, and teaches intermediate poetry at NYU. A former Clarendon Scholar and graduate of Oxford University’s MSt in Creative Writing and NYU’s MFA in Poetry, she is currently completing a PhD on the role of wonder in poetry under the guidance of Maura Dooley at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Her poems, essays, and criticism appear in The Paris Review, Poetry, the TLS, The London Magazine, The New Statesman, The Nation, The Yale Review and elsewhere. She is the recipient of awards from the Poetry Foundation, the Oxford Poetry Society, the Munster Literature Centre, and the Hippocrates Society among others.