Unknown World on Fire
Maya Khosla’s new poetry collection, Unknown World on Fire, is co-winner of the 2017 Sixteen Rivers Press Poetry Competition, and is forthcoming in 2019. Her first book of poetry, Keel Bone, won the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was published by Bear Star Press. Her chapbook, Heart of the Tearing, was published by Red Dust Press. Describing Keel Bone, the poet Pattiann Rogers wrote: “These worlds, these poems, are their own reality of reaching, extraordinary and not to be missed.” Maya’s writing has been featured in journals including World Literature Today, Poem, Munyori Literary Journal, Nature Writing, and Flyway (2112 Notes from the Field Prize). She has read her work at venues including the Watershed Environmental Poetry Festival, the Peace and Justice Center of Sonoma County, the Headlands Center for the Arts, where she was a writer-in-residence, and for the film Village of Dust, City of Water.
A field-based biologist and a writer, Maya’s concerns for the natural world have led her through the wild, to the page and to the screen. Her first film, Searching for the Gold Spot is about the wilds of the American West after wildfire, and is being featured in festivals across the United States. She is currently working to assess the forests and rivers of California.