Natalie Scenters-Zapico is from the sister cities of El Paso, Texas, U.S.A. and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas at El Paso and an MFA with a concentration in poetry from the University of New Mexico. In 2015 she published her debut poetry collection The Verging Cities (Center For Literary Publishing), which won the PEN American/Joyce Osterweil Award, the GLCA’s New Writers Award, the National Association of Chicana/o Studies Book Award, and the Utah Book Award. The Verging Cities was also featured in Poets and Writers, LitHub, and the Los Angeles Times. Her second book, Lima :: Limón is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press. A CantoMundo fellow, her poems can be found or are forthcoming in POETRY, Best American Poetry 2015, Tin House, American Poets, The Believer, The Boston Review, and more.
For the last four years she has raised thousands of dollars to buy books for children in Immigration Detention Centers. She has also built community altars for Día de Los Muertos at the Utah Cultural Center and Juan Diego Catholic High School. From 2013-2017, she advised the literary magazine TEPEYAC which incorporated poetry, fiction, and art by students from all over Utah’s Salt Lake valley, and used it as a platform for students to discuss issues of race, gender, and identity.
You can reach her at nascenters at gmail dot com or follow her on twitter @nascenters