Bio

Wendy S. Walters’ work resides at the intersection of the poem, essay and lyric drama. She is the author of the forthcoming book of poetry, Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA).  Walters’ poetry has been recognized with residency fellowships from Breadloaf, MacDowell and Yaddo, and her poems have recently appeared in Callaloo, HOW2, Natural Bridge, Seneca Review and the Yalobusha Review, among several others.  Her lyric and personal essays have been published in Seneca Review, Seattle Review, and Harper’s.
Walters’s lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely, at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Joe’s Pub in New York, to the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark.  In 2008, along with Bermel, she was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony to write the libretto for The Good Life, an oratorio celebrating the first 250 years of Pittsburgh’s history.  Walters was also an artist-in-residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, teaching advanced students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.  In addition to works for large ensembles and orchestras, Walters and Bermel have written dozens of art songs. They are completing a musical called Golden Motors, which was commissioned by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.
After completing her formal studies, including a M.F.A. in creative writing (poetry), and Ph.D. in English Language and Literature with an emphasis in cultural and performance studies from Cornell University, Walters spent the several years teaching at the Art Center College of Design (Pasadena, CA) and The Rhode Island School of Design (Providence, RI).  At present she is Assistant Professor of Poetry in the Department of Literary Studies at the Eugene Lang College of the New School University (New York, NY).  She lives in New York City.

Wendy S. Walters is the author of Multiply/Divide (Sarabande Books, 2015) Troy, Michigan (Futurepoem Books, 2014),  Longer I Wait, More You Love Me (2009) and a chapbook, Birds of Los Angeles (2005), both published by Palm Press (Long Beach, CA).  Forthcoming projects include a book of essays to be released by Sarabande Books in 2015.  Walters was a 2011 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Poetry, and her work has appeared in The Iowa Review, Bookforum, FENCE, Harper’s Magazine, and elsewhere.  She has won a Ford Foundation Fellowship, a research fellowship from the Smithsonian Institution, a scholarship from Bread Loaf, and multiple fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Yaddo.  She is a founder of The First Person Plural Reading Series in Harlem, a Contributing Editor at The Iowa Review, and Associate Professor of creative writing and literature at the Eugene Lang College of The New School University in the city of New York.

Walters’s lyrical work with composer Derek Bermel has been performed widely, including   Carnegie Hall,  Joe’s Pub, the Louisiana Museum for Moderne Kunst in Denmark, and The Institute for Advanced Study.  With Bermel she was commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony and Mendelssohn Choir to write the libretto for “The Good Life,” an oratorio celebrating the first 250 years of Pittsburgh’s history.  Walters and Bermel were also artists-in-residence with the Pittsburgh Symphony, teaching advanced students from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University in lyrical techniques.  In addition to works for large ensembles and orchestras, they have written dozens of art songs. They are completing a musical called Golden Motors, which was commissioned by the Mary Flagler Cary Charitable Trust.

She is represented by David Dunton of Harvey Klinger, Inc.