Maggie Jochild

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Literary Honors

  • Maggie Jochild received the 2002-2003 Loving Lesbians Poetry Award from the Astraea Lesbian Writer’s Fund.

  • Listed in Poets & Writers Magazine A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers.

  • Her poem "Observatory" was one of 25 finalists in the 2002 National Writer’s Union contest, judged by Adrienne Rich.

  • Member of Finding Voice Productions, a creative writing workshop and production series founded by Sharon Bridgforth in Austin, Texas -- funded by The Funding Exchange/The Paul Robeson Fund for Independent Media.  The Finding Voice Productions team, besides Maggie, includes Sharon Bridgforth; Ana Sisnett; Carole Metellus; Deisi Perez Perez; Jackie Cuevas, Joni Jones; K.T. Shorb; Rajasvini Bhansali; Shia Barnett; Virginia Grise; and Zell Miller III.  For more info, go to

  • Helped form JAMs Writing Support Group with JoAnne Reyes-Boitel and Abbie Green in February 2004, Austin, Texas

  • Selected to read her work at the Día de los Muertos event produced by ALLGO on November 2, 2003 at the Tillery Street Theater, Austin, Texas.  This was a community gathering to reflect upon the loss of loved ones and the effects that HIV/AIDS, racism, violence, drug abuse and homophobia have had on us. Scheduled events for the evening, besides Maggie, JoAnne Reyes-Boitel and other writers, included a viewing of community-made altars, a reading by Ana Sisnett, and performance by Teatro Liberación and Augosto Bianca Cuellar.

  • In the spring of 2003 she was one of four poets selected nationally who were mentored by Sharon Bridgforth in the Writers’ Development Project sponsored by ALLGO in Austin, Texas. This culminated in the reading "Deep Down Truths Taking Root Fomenting Words -- Polyrhythm Multilingual Multicolores Multisabores -- 4 VOCES en UNI-VERSE", featuring the manuscripts-in-progress of Carole Metellus, Deisi Perez Perez, and Shia Shabazz Barnett, as well as Maggie Jochild. Thursday, 22 May 2003, 7:30 p.m. at the Tillery Street Theater, 701 Tillery Street, Austin, Texas

  • Listed reader for second annual Queer Poets Do Queer Poets on 20 November 2003 at Barnes & Noble Westlake, Austin, Texas, a performance by Austin's Queer Poets reading poems by famous gay and lesbian writers. Readers included Maggie doing "A Woman Is Talking To Death" by Judy Grahn; Terri Hudson; George Klawitter; Patrick Collins; Scott Wiggerman; and JoAnne Reyes-Boitel, among others.

  • On September 12, 2003 Maggie Jochild was the guest speaker/performer on OutSpoken, a queer radio show for KO.OP Radio, 91.7 FM, Austin, Texas.

  • On September 16, 2003 Maggie Jochild read her poetry in a solo performance as part of BRINGING LIGHT at Resistencia Bookstore in Austin, Texas.

  • In the spring of 2003 she was selected as one of the first group of writers to be trained in Sharon Bridgforth's "Finding Voice" method to participate in the Racial Justice Team of the Greater Austin YWCA. In June and July 2003 she taught writing to girls in the YWCA's day camp program at Fairway and Meadowbrook Housing Complexes.

  • A featured anthology poet each year in the Austin International Poetry Festival from 2000 to present.

  • A frequent reader at Austin's Queer Poets events.

  • One of the featured writers reading at "Turning the Tables", the annual fundraising event for our local feminist bookstore, BookWoman, in November 1999.

  • Poetry editor for Common Lives/Lesbian Lives, in collective with Jean Swallow, Canyon Sam, Dodici Azpadu, and Caroline Pincus, 1983

© 2003 Maggie Jochild