Since graduating from UW-Eau Claire in 2007, Abigail Zimmer has earned a master of fine arts degree in creative writing from Columbia College Chicago and built an acclaimed and prolific career as a poet and poetry editor, publishing two chapbooks and one full-length collection of her own poetry, and working as an editor for the small Chicago publishing company she co-founded, the Lettered Streets Press. To date, the press, which champions emerging voices, voices of color and LGBTQ voices, has published 12 books of poetry from 16 authors, many of whom were publishing their first collections.
“It’s so exciting to be able to provide a platform for emerging voices and contribute toward a genre of literature that has in many ways become my lifeline,” Zimmer said.
Joshua Young, with whom Zimmer founded the Lettered Streets Press, said, “Abigail looks at a work from the inside, allowing room for a poet or writer to publish work that is inherently theirs.”
Zimmer also maintains a full-time position as an editorial and production coordinator at the Society of American Archivists, where she edits and manages content for a biweekly newsletter, a bimonthly magazine, a biannual journal and three book publications per year.
Zimmer’s poetry has garnered several awards, including the Chicago Review of Books 2016 Poetry Award, the 2014 Lannan Prize from the Academy of American Poets and the 2014 Lya Dym Rosenblum Award from Columbia College Chicago. Her works have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including NightBlock, Jellyfish, The New Megaphone and Fairy Tale Review, among others.