Born in New York in 1950, Maurya Simon is the author of The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980–2016 (Red Hen Pres, 2018); Ghost Orchid (Red Hen Press, 2004); Weavers (Blackbird Press, 2005), which was a collaboration with her mother, the artist Baila Goldenthal; The Golden Labyrinth (University of Missouri Press, 1995), Speaking in Tongues (Peregrine Smith Books, 1990); Days of Awe (Copper Canyon Press, 1990); and The Enchanted Room (Copper Canyon Press, 1986). Her poetry has also been collected in more than a dozen anthologies.
Simon is the recipient of a 1999 NEA fellowship in poetry, and she has been awarded a University Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Celia B. Wagner and Lucille Medwick Memorial Awards from the Poetry Society of America, and a Fulbright/Indo-American Fellowship.
Simon has been a fellow at Hawthornden Castle in Edinburgh, Scotland, as well as a fellow at the Baltic Centre for Writers and Translators in Visby, Sweden. She is a professor in the creative writing department at the University of California, Riverside and lives in Mt. Baldy, in the Angeles National Forest of the San Gabriel Mountains, in Southern California.