Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based author (poetry, science, creative nonfictions, fiction) and an independent teacher of writing. Her book of poems, Holy Magic, won the Sally Albiso Poetry book award from MoonPath Press. Her books include The Writer's Portable Mentor, 2nd edition (University of New Mexico Press); a collection of linked creative nonfictions titled Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (University of Georgia Press), and Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators (Coffeetown Press). Her poetry book is Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press, 2015). Her history book is Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry (1989). Shorter works include science, poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, and her column, Science Frictions, appeared on the website of The American Scholar for 92 weeks (2011-2013). Individual pieces are widely published in journals such as The Tampa Review, Smithsonian, The Gettysburg Review, and The American Scholar. Her awards include a National Magazine Award, and she has been a fellow at Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony for the Arts, and Jack Straw Productions. Her MFA is from the University of Washington. She serves as Founding and Consulting Editor of www.historylink.org, the online encyclopedia of Washington state history.
Crossing Over: Poems
Long's work begs to be read aloud in order to savor the rich language and rhythm she instills in each poem. She explores the beauty of specific bridges while employing them as a metaphor for crossings to death (a sister's suicide), eros, and art. Part elegy, the book also explores living, remembering, and celebrating.
The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writing Life, 2nd edition2018
Fire and Stone: Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going?2016
Minding the Muse: A Handbook for Painters, Composers, Writers, and Other Creators2016
Where the Sun Never Shines: A History of America's Bloody Coal Industry1989
Awards and Recognition
- National Magazine Award for feature writing ("Genome Tome," which appeared in The American Scholar).