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Alison Hawthorne Deming

Alison Hawthorne Deming is the author of four poetry collections and four works of nonfiction. Science and Other Poems, her first book, received the Walt Whitman Award. Her writing appears in numerous magazines and anthologies, including Orion and Best American Science and Nature Writing 2007. A former Stegner Fellow, Deming is professor of creative writing at the University of Arizona. 

Poetry and the Power of Place

As a poet I worship places, like the crook in the mountains where the Santa Catalinas meet Agua Caliente Hill outside the northeast corner of Tucson. There is a swale between the two geologic forms—the mountains running west to east,…