Maureen Owen was born in 1943 in Graceville, Minnesota. She grew up on California's horseracing tracks where her parents were horsetrainers. She attended Seattle University and San Francisco State University before moving to Japan in 1965 and then to New York and Connecticut. In 1969, Owen began publishing and editing Telephone Books and Telephonemagazine, a press and magazine that began in mimeograph format, and has edited thirty titles of the press and nineteen issues of the magazine to date. She received a Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts, Inc. in 1999. She has worked as Program Coordinator at the St. Mark's Poetry Project in NY and served on the Board of the Poetry Project and the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines—both as a member and as a vice-chairperson. She has taught a number of creative writing workshops including for children and seniors. Her academic career includes teaching courses in creative writing and research at the Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1999, as well as mentoring workshops at Swarthmore College and St. Joseph's College in Connecticut. She now lives in Denver and teaches at Naropa University.
Her title Amelia Earhart won a Before Columbus American Book Award for Poetry. Her Selected poems, American Rush, was a finalist for the L.A. Times Book Prize in April, 1999. Her most recent publication, Erosion's Pull, Coffee House Press (2006), was a Colorado Book Award and Balcones Poetry Prize finalist.
Whenever I snow
I think of Black
when he was
pulling a cab
under a lamppost
his dark harness gathering flakes
a jet horse becoming white powder
a dark horse