Iris Dunkle

Iris Dunkle 
Creative Writing Teacher

Iris Jamahl Dunkle writes and lives in Northern California.  She has received many honors and awards for her writing.  She was the 2017-2018 Poet Laureate of Sonoma County, CA and has received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, the Lannon Foundation and Squaw Valley Community of Writers.  Her newest collection of poems, 
West : Fire : Archive is forthcoming from The Center for Literary Publishing in 2021.  Her previous poetry collections include Interrupted Geographies (Trio House Press, 2017) Gold Passage (Trio House Press, 2013) and There's a Ghost in this Machine of Air (Word Tech, 2015). Her poem “Listening to the Caryatids on the Palace of Fine Arts” poem will be featured on 100 buses as part of the San Francisco Beautiful and Poetry Society of America Muni Art 2020 campaign. Her works have been published in Tin House, San Francisco Examiner, Fence, Los Angeles Review of Books,  Split Rock Review, Taos Poetry Journal, Pleiades, Calyx, Catamaran, Poet's Market, Women's Studies, and Chicago Quarterly Review. She wrote the first full-length biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife, Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurerwhich was published by the University of Oklahoma Press in Fall 2020.  Dunkle also teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. 
2500 Farmers Lane 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404 
(707) 545-1770

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