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Lecturer and Associate Director, Writing Program

Katie Marya is a writer and literary translator. Her work has appeared in North American Review, Guernica, Waxwing, Salamander, Fence, among other literary magazines, and has been featured on The Slowdown Podcast hosted by Ada Limón. Marya was awarded the James Dickey Poetry Prize at Five Points in 2017 and has received fellowship support from the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts and the Nebraska Arts Council. Sugar Work, her first full-length collection, was the Editor's Choice for the 2020 Alice James Book Award.


Cover image of Sugar Works by Katie Marya; links to Alice James Books page

Available on Alice James Books

Awards and Honors

Institute for Ethnic Studies Dr. Raphael “Ralph” Grajeda Fellowship, 2023

Maude Hammond Fling Fellowship, 2022-2023               

Robert L. Hough Graduate Teaching Award, 2021 

Artist Fellow, Nebraska Arts Council, Lincoln PoPs: Global Frequencies, 2020 

Winner, James Dickey Poetry Prize, Five Points, 2017   

Writing Fellow, Kimmel Harding-Nelson Center, 2017 


M.F.A., Bennington College

B.A., Westmont College
Spanish Language & Literature

Ph.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln
English, Poetry, Specialization: Ethnic Studies

Areas of Interest


Creative Nonfiction 

Translation (Spanish-English)

Latin American Literatures

Women's Literatures