Devon Walker-Figueroa

Devon Walker-Figueroa is the author of Philomath, selected for the 2020 National Poetry Series by Sally Keith. Walker-Figueroa grew up in Kings Valley, a ghost town in the Oregon Coast Range. After leaving home at fifteen, she received her education from Chemeketa Community College; Cornell University; Bennington College; the Iowa Writers’ Workshop; and New York University, where she was the Jill Davis Fellow in fiction. Her writing has appeared in The Nation, POETRY, American Poetry Review, Zyzzyva, Ploughshares, and elsewhere. She has worked as a professional ballet and modern dancer, research assistant, classical harpist, bartender, literary editor, and creative writing instructor (University of Iowa, UArts, Saint Joseph’s College, and NYU).


2020 National Poetry Series
New England Review's 2018 Emerging Writer Award
2017 Donald Hall Poetry Prize (through the University of Iowa and Prairie Lights Bookstore)

Books by Devon Walker-Figueroa

Devon Walker-Figueroa
Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's John Leonard Prize for Best First Book

Selected by Sally Keith as a winner of the National Poetry Series, this debut collection is a ruminative catalogue of overgrowth and the places that haunt us.

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