July Westhale is a poet and essayist living in Oakland, CA. She is the author of Via Negativa (forthcoming from Kore Press), Trailer Trash (winner of the 2016 Kore Press Book Award, nominated for a Pushcart Prize), The Cavalcade (Finishing Line Press), and Occasionally Accurate Science (Nomadic Press). Her poems are published in numerous journals, magazines, and anthologies.
A small town California native, her work deals primarily with broken landscapes, and the intersections between personal narrative and collective consciousness. She writes extensively about class and trauma, in both her poetry and her prose.
Her nonfiction has appeared in the Huffington Post, McSweeney’s, Autostraddle, and The Establishment, and has been nominated for Best American Essays. She is indebted to Poets & Writers, Kore Press, the Vermont Studio Center, the Tom and Evelyn Newbury Grant, the Raveel Grant, and the Lambda Literary Foundation for their generous support of her work. She is the 2018 Poetry Fellow at the University of Arizona Poetry Center, and will be the 2019 Writer-in-Residence at Alley Cat Books in San Francisco.
She is currently at work on a second children’s book about coping with difficult political landscapes, a collection of nonfiction essays, and translations of Sor Juana’s lamentations.
When she’s not writing, she teaches Creative Writing, History, and English at Cogswell College and Los Medanos College. In addition, she works in reproductive health as an educator and patient advocate.
She has an MFA in Poetry from Lesley University.