Natalie Scenters-Zapico

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  • BA
  • MFA
Alma mater
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of New Mexico
  • poet
  • educator
  • activist

Natalie Scenters-Zapico is a poet, educator, and activist from the border cities of El Paso, Texas|El Paso, Texas, USA and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México[1][2]. Her work had been published in various journals including Poetry magazine, The Paris Review, Kenyan Review, Best American Poetry 2015, Tin House, and Indiana Review. [3][4]

Education and early life

Scenters-Zapico received a BA from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA in poetry from the University of New Mexico.

Career and writing

Her first book of poetry The Verging Cities was released in 2015. The Verging Cities won several awards, among them the PEN America/Joyce Osterweil Award, Great Lakes Colleges Association|GLCA’s New Writers Award, |NACCS Foco Book Prize, and Utah Book Award. Scenters-Zapico is a recipient of a CantoMundo Fellowship (2015) and a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from Poetry Foundation|the Poetry Foundation (2018)[5]. Her second collection Lima :: Limon was released in 2019.

In 2020, she was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and the Griffin Poetry Prize|International Griffin Poetry Prize.

She currently currently holds an Assistant Professor position at the University of South Florida. [2]


The Verging Cities (University Press of Colorado). ISBN 9781885635440

Lima :: Limón (Copper Canyon Press). ISBN 9781556595318


  1. "Natalie Scenters-Zapico". Lannan Center for Poetics and Social Practice. Retrieved 2021-02-20.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Faculty | USF English | University of South Florida". Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  3. Foundation, Poetry (2021-02-20). "Natalie Scenters-Zapico". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  4. "About". Natalie Scenters-Zapico. Retrieved 2021-02-21.
  5. Foundation, Poetry (2021-02-20). "Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2021-02-21.

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