Academic CV | July 9, 2018

Jamie Asaye FitzGerald


M.F.A. Creative Writing, 2004
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
poetry thesis: Painting the House on Paiko

Certificate in Poetry, 1999
University of Washington Extension Writing Program, Seattle, WA

B.A. English, 1995
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
emphasis in Creative Writing

French Language Studies, 1993-1994
Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7, Institut Catholique de Paris, Alliance Française Paris


Graduate Teaching Associate, Department of English & Comparative Literature, and Department of Rhetoric & Writing Studies, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, 2001–2004


San Diego State University
ENGL 220: Introduction to Literature, Spring 2004
RWS 200: Writing from Sources, 2002–2003
ENGL 280: Introduction to Creative Writing, Spring 2002
RWS 100: Writing & Reading as Critical Inquiry, 2001–2002


Poets & Writers, Director of the California Office and Readings & Workshops (West), Los Angeles 2005-present:
Direct the California office of the nation's largest nonprofit literary organization serving creative writers and administer a grant program that funds hundreds of writers each year who give public readings or teach creative writing workshops. Provide technical assistance to writers and presenters. Oversee outreach with a focus on rural areas and underserved populations such as older adults, at-risk youth, the incarcerated, and veterans. Organize events and meetings designed to strengthen literary communities. Lead annual retreats to provide support to teaching artists. Foster partnerships with other organizations to maximize grantmaking impact. Curate and host literary events. Administer writing contests. Manage production and edit content for website, blog, and e-newsletters. Oversee and mentor staff, interns, and fellows.

Copywriting Experience:
Nordstrom, Inc., Seattle, WA, 2000–2001
The Bon Marché, Seattle, WA, 1998–2000
Eddie Bauer, Seattle, WA, 1997–1998.

Additional Editorial Experience:
Proofreader, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA, 1996–1997
Editorial Intern, Fantagraphics Books, Seattle, WA, 1995


"Dear Ones," "North American Motherhood." Forthcoming, MUTHA Magazine, Fall 2018.
"My Return." Poemeleon, Vol. IX: The Asian Pacific American Issue, Spring 2017.
"Deciduous." American Poetry Review, September/October 2016.
"The Night Nurse," "The Voyage or Comparative Snapshots of My Father's Brain." Coiled Serpent: Poets Arising from the Cultural Quakes & Shifts in Los Angeles, Tia Chucha Press, 2016.
"At the Hollywood Downtowner," "Presence/Absence." Wide Awake: Poets of Los Angeles and Beyond, Pacific Coast Poetry Series/Beyond Baroque, 2015.
"The Night Nurse." Mom Egg Review, Vol. 12, 2014.
"Caribou Cloud," "Creation Story." Works & Days, No. 10, Spring 2014.
"Feels Like Freckles" and "How It Might Have Happened." Cultural Weekly, October 22, 2013.
"Yet to Be Born." Literary Mama, March 31, 2012.
“Poi.” Hunger and Thirst: Food Literature, San Diego City Works Press, 2008.
“Death is from Spain,” “Hermetic,” “Bones.” Media Cake eMagazine, Fall/Winter, 2008/2009.
“Pacific Surfliner.” Return from… Beyond the Valley of the Contemporary Poets, 2008.
“Black and White,” “The Cannibal,” “The Turtle.” Poetic Diversity, April, 2007
“Dégagé [Disengaged],” “The Turtle.” Speechless the Magazine, Fall/Winter, 2005/2006
“Pacific Surfliner,” “Living Buddha,” “The Deserted Garden.” Fulcrum, Vol. 6, 2005
“Pépé's Garden.” Ariel XXII, Salute to the Arts publication, 2003
“Leisure Time,” “After Effect,” “Pépé's Garden.” LORE Volume 3.2, 2003
“Memory of Tom.” Snow Monkey, Vol. 2 Issue 2, 2001
“The Florist.” One to One: Points of Contact, King County Poetry on the Buses Collection, 2001


Salute to the Arts, Winning Poem, Triton College, 2003
Selected to represent the San Diego State University Writing Program in the Associated Writing Programs’ Intro to Journals Contests, 2002–2003
Edward Moses Poetry Prize, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1995
Academy of American Poets College Prize, University of Southern California, 1995
Dean's Scholar, University of Southern California, 1991–1995
Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi


Dear Ones: Full-length poetry collection. Fifty-six-page draft completed and in submission.
Peninsula: Hybrid work on home, climate change, and the destruction/abandonment of the past/earth.


Lummis Day Festival of Northeast Los Angeles, Featured Reader, June 3, 2018
Women Who Submit at Lit Crawl L.A., Reader, North Hollywood, October 25, 2017
Roar Shack, Reader, Los Angeles, February 12, 2017
El Segundo Public Library Author Fair, Reader, June 12, 2016
Wide Awake at the Hotel Erwin, Venice, Reader, July 16, 2015
Viva Poetry! Lummis Day Library Series, Arroyo Seco Library, Los Angeles, May 30, 2015
CSU Northridge, Creative Writing Club, Featured Reader, September 2013
Petaluma Poetry Walk, Petaluma, CA, Featured Reader, September 15, 2013
Poetry on the Queen Mary, World Arts Olympus, Long Beach, CA, Reader, June 20, 2010
Interstates Reading & Exhibit, TempoRoyale Gallery, Los Angeles, Reader, March 26, 2010
Light the Sky Poetry Series, Los Angeles, Featured Reader, November 18, 2009
SDSU MFA Program 20th Anniversary Reading, San Diego, Reader, November 14, 2009
Robinson Jeffers Tribute Reading, Los Angeles, Reader, October 10, 2009
West Hollywood Book Fair, Los Angeles, Featured Reader, September 28, 2008
Beyond Baroque, Valley Contemporary Poets, Venice, Featured Reader, June 22, 2008
The World Stage, Los Angeles, Featured Reader, October 17, 2007
Beyond Baroque, Venice, Featured Reader, June 29, 2007
Coffee Cartel/Redondo Beach Poets, Redondo Beach, Featured Reader, January 16, 2007
Downtown Art Walk Poet Walk, Los Angeles, Reader, December 14, 2006
Beyond Baroque, Venice, Featured Reader, October 7, 2006
Laura’s Poema/Mama’s Hot Tamales Café, Los Angeles, Featured Reader, September 10, 2006
The Cobalt Café/Valley Contemporary Poets, Los Angeles, Featured Reader, June 20, 2006
Poetry in Motion®, Los Angeles, Metro Reading, April 13, 2006
The Perfect Room, Seattle, Featured Reader, September 23, 2004
Living Writers, San Diego State University, MFA Reading, April 28, 2004
Poetic Brew, San Diego, Featured Reader, February 10, 2004
Living Writers, San Diego State University, MFA Reading, December 17, 2002
Frye Art Museum, Seattle, Wallingford Irregulars Reading, April 18, 2002
Open Books: A Poem Emporium, Seattle, UW Extension Reading, June 23, 1999


Guest Speaker, "Writing While Caretaking," Women Who Submit, New Member Orientation and Submission Party, June 9, 2018
Event Curator/Co-Curator, Poets & Writers' Connecting Cultures Readings, 2005–2018
Peer Review Panelist, Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, 2017
Peer Review Panelist, Inlandia Institute, 2015 and 2016
Curatorial Committee, Lit Crawl LA: NoHo, 2014–2017
Guest Speaker, Florence Griffith Joiner Elementary School, Career Day, Los Angeles, CA, 2016
Facilitator, Poets & Writers Literary Community Meetings, 2014–2017
Facilitator, Annual Workshop Leaders Retreats, Los Angeles 2011–2017, Bay Area 2016
Panel Moderator, "Creative Writing for the Underserved: Ideas, Inspiration, Revelation," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, 2016
Californians for the Arts, Confluence Statewide Arts Convening, Professional Development Conference, 2016
Arts for LA, LA Convergence, Professional Development Conference, 2015 and 2016
Event Curator/Host, Poets & Writers' California Programs 25th Anniversary Reading, 2015
Guest Speaker, University of Southern California, Undergraduate Creative Writing Lunch, 2012, 2013 and 2015
Panel Moderator, "Don't Just Stand There and Read: Literary Events That Go Beyond the Usual," Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, 2014
Asian Pacific American Book Festival, Program Committee, Poetry Curator, 2007
Contest Administrator & Preliminary Poetry Judge, Poets & Writers, California Writers Exchange, 2007, 2010 and 2013
Preliminary Poetry Judge, Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Contest, 2006, 2008, and 2016
Co-Founder and Co-Producer of WHACKJOB!, a literary reading series and open-mic featuring Southern California writers and artists, 2003–2004
Anthology Intern & Preliminary Contest Judge, San Diego Border Voices Program, 2003
Presenter, Crisis Carnival Graduate Conference, Cultures in Conflict: Identities, Ideologies, Representations in a Fractured World, San Diego State University, 2002
Writing Tutor, Department of Rhetoric & Writing Studies, San Diego State University, 2001–2002
Professional Development Conferences through the Department of Rhetoric & Writing Studies, San Diego State University, 2001–2003