Iris Jamahl Dunkle, CCAS BA ’96, won the First-Book Award from Trio House Press for her forthcoming poetry collection, Gold Passage. Her chapbook Inheritance was published by Finishing Line Press in 2010, and her second manuscript, Interrupted Geographies, was a finalist for the 2012 Colorado Prize for Poetry.
Dunkle teaches writing at the University of California – Santa Cruz, Napa Valley College and with California Poets in the Schools (CPITS). Her poem “How to Cope in a New Landscape” was a finalist for the The New Guard’s Knightville Poetry Contest and her poem “The Trick of Sound” was a finalist for the Yalobusha Review’s Yellowwood Poetry Prize. Her creative nonfiction poetry and scholarly articles have appeared or are forthcoming in numerous publications including: Poet’s Market 2013, Crab Orchard Review, and Talking Writing. She is on the staff of the Napa Valley Writers conference and resides with her family in Northern California.