A widely published writer nearly as well known for her fiction as for her poetry, Enid Shomer is the author of four collections of poetry: "Stars at Noon: Poems from the Life of Jacqueline Cochran" (University of Arkansas Press, 2001), "Black Drum" (Arkansas, 1997), "This Close to the Earth" (Arkansas, 1992) and "Stalking the Florida Panther" (The Word Works), which won the Washington Prize.
Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Poetry, Paris Review, Best American Poetry, The New Criterion, Kenyon Review, Tikkun, etc. Her collection of stories, "Imaginary Men", won the Iowa Fiction Prize as well as the LSU/Southern Review Prize, both given annually for the best first collection of short fiction by an American author.
Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, New Stories from the South, the Year's Best, Modern Maturity, New Letters, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Virginia Quarterly Review, etc.
Her stories, poems, and essays have been included in more than fifty anthologies and textbooks, including POETRY: A HarperCollins Pocket Anthology.
Shomer's many awards include two fellowships in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, three fellowships from the State of Florida, the Eunice Tietjens Prize from Poetry, the Celia Wagner Award of the Poetry Society of America, the Randall Jarrell Prize, Wildwood Prize, and Eve of St. Agnes Prize.
Her poem sequence, "Pope Joan", was adapted into a dance oratorio by composer Anne LeBaron and choreographer Mark Taylor and premiered in October of 2000.
In fiction, she has also won the H.E. Frances Prize, the Iowa Woman Prize and, most recently, the 2004 Emily Clark Balch Prize from the Virginia Quarterly Review.
As a Visiting Writer, Shomer has taught at the University of Arkansas, Florida State University, and the Ohio State University, where she was the Thurber House Writer-in-Residence. Her book reviews and essays have appeared in The New Times Book Review, The Women's Review of Books, and elsewhere. Two of her books, "Stars at Noon and Imaginary Men", were the subject of feature interviews on NPR's Morning Edition and also All Things Considered.
Recently, she was appointed Poetry Series Editor for the University of Arkansas Press. Shomer lives in Tampa, Florida, and is currently at work on a novel.
Editor David Warner of Creative Loafing said some kind and encouraging words on page 26 of the August 26, 2009, issue. Partial quote, "At a moment when ignorance is being aggressively defended, Deep Carnivale still respects our intelligence. Imagine that."
Esther Martinez, in a story at The Florida Book Review" says she knows "Deep Carnivale will be 'A Celebration of Words' and not a Bourbon Street bacchanal."
"But logophile that I am, I reason I'll get drunk on language. With over 70 writers and artists scheduled [for the 2008 Carnivale] to perform or read from their works, my beaded necklaces will be strung with verse. I imagine haiku shooters..."
"It is just before 10am when I arrive at the corner of Palm Avenue and 14th StreetóDeep Carnivale ground zero. About a dozen vendor tables are lined up around the Hillsborough Community College courtyard where a band of teenagers [Next Exit] are setting up their instruments."The vendor tables sell books by local writers, HCC publications and baked goods. I grab a Cuban favorite, papa rellena, a potato stuffed with savory ground beef. Belly satisfied, I cross the street and enter the historic Circulo Cubano. A nearly 100 year old neo-classical building of ionic columns and marble staircases, it served as the Cuban Social Club and remains the oldest building of its kind in the country."
"When I look back over 2008, my visit to the second edition of Deep Carnivale was a
highlight. You and your staff did a great job and I loved being part of it, again.
I am sure there will be bigger festivals to come. But maybe not better!!!"
– Darrell House, children's book author and 2008 Deep Carnivale presenter.