Maya Catherine Popa is a writer and teacher in NYC. A 2015 Ruth Lilly Finalist and recipient of the The Poetry Foundation's Editor's Prize, her poetry appears in Tin House, Kenyon Review, Poetry London, and elsewhere. Her criticism and non-fiction appear widely, including in Poetry, The Times Literary Supplement, Poets & Writers Magazine, and The Huffington Post. She teaches at the Nightingale-Bamford school, where she oversees the Christine Schutt Visiting Writers Program.
Her chapbook You Always Wished the Animals Would Leave is forthcoming from New Michigan Press in 2018. Her previous chapbook The Bees Have Been Canceled was named a Poetry Book Society summer choice, published by New Michigan Press in the US and Southword Editions in the U.K.
Her awards include the Fool for Poetry Competition, 2nd place in the 2016 Magma Competition, 1st place in the Event Horizon Competition, 3rd place in the Narrative 30Below Prize, The 2015 Hippocrates Poetry Prize, 2nd place in the 2014 Narrative Poetry Prize, 1st place in the Gregory O'Donoghue Competition, the Parallel Universe Competition, and the Oxford Poetry Society Martin Starkie Prize.
She was an editorial fellow at Poets & Writers from 2013-2014. In 2012, she co-taught a writing workshop for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan under an NYU Veterans Fellowship. She was a Clarendon Scholar at Oxford University in the Master's in Writing from 2011-2013. Her thesis earned Distinction from Oxford University.
She serves on the Board of Directors of the Bella Abzug Leadership Institute.