Zoë Fay-Stindt




A first year student, Zoë Fay-Stindt (she/her/hers) is a bicontinental poet with roots in both the French and American south. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and has appeared in fields, The Indianapolis Review, Winter Tangerine, and others. After earning her BA at Emerson College, she fled to Austin to shelter in the heartland’s warmth, where she worked for Clemente-affiliate Free Minds, coordinating community writing workshops and helping adult students find academic renewal.

She has served many joyful roles: translator, grape picker, river dog, voter registrar. Writing has offered her many of these, including Texas Book Festival moderator, co-editor for the Texas Poetry Calendar, and coordinator for Literary Women in Action, a group harnessing the power of narrative for social justice.

Due to her split roots, Zoë is particularly interested in the ways language and landscape shape our stories, and has spent a long time writing through her birdwatching obsession while unearthing the violence played out on both the human and earth’s body. In all realms, her priority is building community and finding levity, strengthening her delight radar à la Ross Gay.