About Toni Mirosevich
Toni Mirosevich grew up in Everett, Washington, in a Croatian-American fishing family, part of an extensive immigrant Slav community. Her first jobs—as a truck driver, attic insulator and weatherizer, swimming pool operator, blood bank mobile unit operator, janitor, and handyperson—were, in the 70’s, viewed as nontraditional work fields for women. In her early thirties, she received her M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she began teaching as a lecturer in creative writing in 1991.
Firebrand Books published her first book of poetry and prose, The Rooms We Make Our Own, in 1996. That same year, Mirosevich became Associate Director of the Poetry Center and the American Poetry Archives. Her book of poetry, Queer Street (Custom Words) was published in 2005. Another poetry collection, My Oblique Strategies, won the 2005 Frank O’Hara Chapbook Award and was published by Thorngate Road. In 2007, her collection of nonfiction stories, Pink Harvest was published by Mid-List Press, received The First Series in Creative Nonfiction Award and was a Lambda Literary Finalist. She has been the recipient of the Astraea Foundation Emerging Lesbian Writer in Fiction Award, Pushcart Prize and Lambda Literary Award nominations, and has received fellowship support from the MacDowell Colony, the Willard R. Espy Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, and Blue Mountain Center.
Mirosevich writes and teaches in multiple genres. Her award-winning work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Gastronomica, Puerto del Sol, UTNE, San Francisco Chronicle Magazine and various other publications. Poems and nonfiction stories have been anthologized in Best American Travel Writing, The Impossible Will Take A Little While, The Discovery of Poetry, Best of the Bellevue Literary Review and elsewhere.
Toni Mirosevich is a professor in creative writing at San Francisco State University, and lives in Pacifica, California.