Hilda Raz lives in Placitas, New Mexico and is currently the Series Editor for Poetry at the University of New Mexico Press. Prior to her recent move to New Mexico, she was the editor of the literary journal Prairie Schooner from 1987 to 2010 and is the founding director of the Prairie Schooner Book Prizes in poetry and short fiction published by the University of Nebraska Press. In 1993 she was named the first Luschei Professor and Editor in the Department of English at the University of Nebraska where she has worked intensively with graduate students in the Ph.D. program.
She is a past president of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and has been a visiting writer at Stanford, The University of Tennessee, Harvard, Goucher, Middlebury, The Pennsylvania State University, Antioch University-Los Angeles, The University of Iowa, University of Florida, University of Alaska, SUNY-Binghamton, University of Colorado, and many others, as well as at MFA programs and writers’ conferences including Brockport, Bread Loaf, Writers at Work, Taos, University of Nebraska and elsewhere.
She has published thirteen books as a poet, nonfiction writer, and editor. Her current projects include a book of poems, List and Story and a nonfiction book about transitions. Raz received the Stanley W. Lindberg Award for Excellence in Literary Editing in 2010 and was a final judge for the National Poetry Series, and the 2012 PRAIRIE SCHOONER Book Prize in Poetry and also the 2013 PS Book Prize in Poetry. She is Poetry Editor for bosque (the magazine) as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Arbor Farm Press.
"Hilda Raz has enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a poet, editor of a literary magazine, and college professor. Her work, poetic, scholarly, and editorial, is widely recognized, and her influence can be felt—as a director, award judge, and contributor—in this country's most prestigious poetry journals and contests. But Raz's life, like so many, has not been defined only by hard work and recognition; she has also battled breast cancer, about which she has written poetry describing the survivor not only as a victim of cancer's ravages but also as a voyager into new worlds."
—The Poetry Foundation