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Teresa Cader is the author of three poetry collections, including Guests, 1991, which won the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, judged by Mary Oliver, and the Ohio State University Press The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Poetry Prize; The Paper Wasp, 1999, from Northwestern University Press, a section of which won the George Bogin Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America; and History of Hurricanes, 2009, Northwestern University Press , which won a “Must Read” award from the Massachusetts Center for the Book.

Teresa’s other awards include two fellowships each from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and fellowships from The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and the MacDowell Colony, where she was selected as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Fellow for outstanding promise as a female poet.

Teresa’s poems have appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Harvard Review, Harvard Magazine, Poetry, AGNI, Ploughshares, Plume, Southwest Review, The Southern Poetry Review, The Massachusetts Review, Radcliffe Quarterly, On the Seawall, Ecotone, FIELD, and elsewhere. Her poems and interviews have been translated into Polish and Icelandic.

Teresa taught on the poetry faculty of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Lesley University for eleven years and also at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Emerson College in the MFA Program, and the University of Massachusetts-Boston as Visiting Writer in the MFA Program. She served as associate director of the Innovations in Government Program at the Harvard Kennedy of Government after extensive work in the public sector.

She was educated at Wilson College (BA in English, Phi Beta Kappa), the University of Wisconsin (MA in English), and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government (MPA). She lives near Boston with her husband.

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Listen to a 2009 Interview with NPR