Subhaga Crystal Bacon, Poet, Writer, Teacher

Subhaga Crystal Bacon is a Queer poet living in rural northcentral Washington on unceded Methow land. She is the author of four collections of poetry. Her latest book, Transitory is the recipient of the Isabella Gardner Award for Poetry, from BOA Editions, and was included in the Library Journal’s list of Books to Read in 2023.

She’s also the author of Surrender of Water in Hidden Places, 2023, winner of the Red Flag Poetry Chapbook Prize, Blue Hunger, Methow Press, 2020, and Elegy with a Glass of Whiskey, winner of the A. Poulin New Poetry America Prize, BOA Editions, 2004. 

A Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee, she’s a teaching artist working in schools and libraries with youth and adults, as well as with private students. She’s a poetry reader for the Adroit Journal. Her work appears in a variety of print and online journals including the Bellevue Literary Review, Indianapolis Review, Rise Up Review, Ghost City Review, and others.

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  • I began taking a poetry class from Subhaga about 3 years ago and aside from missing one or two sessions, I have been attending every class since. Subhaga is an excellent teacher who provides compelling assignments and does a nice blend of teaching the refinement of a poetry form as well as welcoming her students to break the rules when it serves the poem. Through her class, my confidence as a writer has increased and I am writing more and more!

    Additionally, I have utilized Subhaga’s expertise as an editor, separate from class. I send her batches of completed poems and she helps me to workshop them into better and better work. I am currently 61 poems into a collection of poetry I hope to publish this year. I could not have done this without Subhaga’s support, encouragement, and mastery.

    K. E. Olympia, WA

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