• Poetry collection As If (Parlor City Press) awarded the 2010 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize. This manuscript was simultaneously chosen as the winner of the 2010 Apprentice House Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Poetry collection Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues awarded 2016 Diode Editions Chapbook Competition. Collection will debut at the AWP conference in Washington DC, February 2017.
  • Poetry collection Praising the Paradox forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Spring 2019. This manuscript was named a finalist in the New Issues Poetry Prize, The National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize, C&R Press De Novo Book Award, Blue Light Press Book Award, Trio House Press Book Award, Augury Books First Award for 2013 and the Jacar Press Book Award, as well as the Copper Canyon Press, Sarabande Books and Tupelo Press annual open submission periods.
  • Curator and editor of Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. An Anthology of Flash Memoir, Personal Essays & Poetry, forthcoming from Red Hen Press in Fall 2017. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihad Nye, Prageeta Sharma, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and others.
  • Manuscript Only Then extended an invitation for publication by Pudding House Press in 2012.
  • Awarded the 2010 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal.
  • Nominated for 2011 Pushcart Prize.
  • Received honorable mentions in The Atlantic Monthly 2008 Poetry Writing Contest as well as the 2010 Crab Creek Review poetry contest.
  • Finalist in the 2012 3rd Annual Poetry Prize.
  • Masters of Fine Arts, Class of 2009, Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
  • My work has seen publication in various journals and anthologies since 1999 including The American Journal Poetry, Ascent, Cimarron Review, Crab Creek Review, FEAST: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Serving at the Table (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Palabra, Parabola, Poemeleon, Poetry International, Raven Chronicles, San Pedro River Review, SubTerrian and Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine.


  • Winner: 2005 Judd Hill Poetry Contest.
  • Winner: 2009 American Poet Prize.
  • Winner: 2010 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize.
  • Winner: 2010 Apprentice House Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Winner: 2011 Anhinga Press AWP contest to name a group of Anhinga.
  • Winner: 2016 Diode Editions Chapbook Competition.
  • Finalist: 2008 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Zola Literary Award.
  • Finalist: New Issues Poetry Prize, Four Way Books Intro Prize, National Poetry Series, C&R Press De Novo Book Award, Blue Light Press Book Award, Trio House Press Book Award, Jacar Press Book Award, and the Augury Books First Book Award.
  • Finalist:  2012 3rd Annual Poetry Prize.
  • Runner-up: 2014 Phyllis L. Ennes Poetry Contest (Skagit River Poetry Festival). Chosen by poet Ellen Bass.
  • Honorable mention: 2008 Palettes & Quills 2008 Chapbook Contest. Chosen by poet Ellen Bass.
  • Honorable mention: 2008 The Atlantic Monthly Poetry Writing Contest.
  • Honorable mention: 2010 Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest.
  • Honorable mention: Tupelo Press named Praising the Paradox, “A remarkable work” in their 2012 open submission period.
  • Nominee: 2011 Pushcart Prize.
  • Awarded 2013 Vermont Writer’s Studio Fellowship.


  • American Society: What Poets See (Anthology): “A Day in the Life” and “A World of Want”
  • Ascent: “For I Have Sinned”
  • Atticus Review:  “Consider This”
  • Augury “Wednesday”
  • Between Sleeps; the 3:15 experiment 1993-2005. A collection of writings from the middle of the night. (en theos Press, 2006). Contributor.
  • Crab Creek Review: “After,”  “Banishment at Noon” and “Random Winter Day”
  • Cranky Literary Journal: “This is my Confessional”
  • Cimarron Review: “Traveling Instructions” and “You Are Here”
  • Chrysanthemum: “Home”
  • Diode Poetry Journal: “Phone Fugue #1,”  “In Concert,” and “Long Distance Dirge.”
  • FEAST: Poetry and Recipes for a Full Serving at the Table (Black Lawrence Press): “Seven Way of Looking at a Corkscrew.”
  • Generations Literary Journal: “Momentary Mother”
  • Harpur Palate: “Autumn”
  • Nimrod: “Ode to Time, Lance and December Rain” and “Overture (anticipation)”
  • Oracle Fine Arts Review: “Ocean Fugue”
  • Palabra: “In Oaxaca” and “El Salvador 1972”
  • Parabola: “Vanishing Point”
  • Poemeleon: “Sunday”
  • Poets West Literary Journal: “Pamela, In Five Parts.”
  • Poetry and Place Anthology: “Stoplight Outside Hamburger Harry’s, 2:00 am”
  • Poetry International: “El Salvador 1972”
  • Pontoon#4, An Anthology of Washington State Poets (Floating Bridge Press):  “A Memory in Pink” and “Let Poem”
  • Raven Chronicles: “In Oaxaca” and “Seven Way of Looking at a Corkscrew.” (Pushcart nomination)
  • San Pedro River Review: “Stoplight Outside Hamburger Harry’s, 2:00 am”
  • Skagit River Poetry Festival Anthology 2014: “Praising the Paradox”
  • Snow Monkey:  “Dali vs. Dada”
  • Soundings: “I Got Those (low-down, dirty) Post-MFA Blues.”
  • subTerrain: “It’s Like This” and “Neither Here Nor There”
  • Switched-on Gutenberg: “Bad Weather Romance”
  • Synapse: “Domestic Argument #1,365”
  • “Another Sunday,” “A Seasonal Accord” “Home Redux” and “Winter, Affirmation”
  • The American Journal of Poetry: “Rehab Fugue #1”
  • The American Poetry Journal: “Calculations” and “Friday”
  • The Ekphrastic Review: “Van Gogh in Chicago:
  • The Human Journal: “Another Voyage”
  • The Lost River Review: “Central Ave.” and “It is the Night”
  • The Midwest Quarterly: “Not Dead, But Lost” and “Highway 99”
  • The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine: “Last Call”
  • Verse Daily: “Repository”
  • MFA Thesis:The Here and the Gone: On the Representation of Absence and the Ephemeral in Modern Poetry.” 2009. Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.


  • Curator and editor of Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. An Anthology of Flash Memoir, Personal Essays & Poetry.(Red Hen Press, 2017.)
  • Final poetry judge, 2014 Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest.
  • Final judge 2011 Artsmith Literary Award.
  • Associate editor for the anthologies Becoming: What Makes a Woman and Being: What Makes a Man. (Johnson, Jill McCabe Ed.). Published by the University of Nebraska Women and Gender Studies Program.
  • Reader of submissions for the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Artsmith Literary Award.
  • Member of Peer Review Panel for 2012-2016 Artsmith residency fellowship applications.
  • Curator and pre-judge for the Dwell Press/Artsmith annual solstice broadside contest 2012 and 2013.
  • Participant, reader and workshop facilitator: Skagit River Poetry Festival, May 2014.
  • Coordinated and booked readings of my work from 2004-present with Artsmith Salon Series, Beacon Bards Reading Series, Elliott Bay Books, Fremont Place Books, Open Books, Pacific Lutheran University, Richard Hugo House, It’s About Time Reading Series, Poets West Reading Series, the University of Washington Bookstore, Striped Water Poets Reading Series, and Soul Food Reading Series.


  • Panel member: Inclusive Anthologies: The Challenge of Building Books that Reflect our World. Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2017 National Conference, Washington DC.
  • Featured reader: Skagit River Poetry Festival 2014.
  • Co-facilitator: Earth as Muse, The Mess of Love and Poetry & Healing workshops/2014 Skagit River Poetry Festival.
  • Co- facilitator: Writer Island Retreat and Workshop. 2014.
  • Co-facilitator: Step On It! Building Velocity in Poetry. Writer’s Roundtable Series, Orcas Island Public Library, June 2013.
  • Attendee: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2015 National Conference, Washington DC.
  • Attendee: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2014 National Conference, Seattle.
  • Facilitator: Conference sponsor The Rainier Writing Workshop at PLU. Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2014 National Conference, Seattle
  • Attendee: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2013 National Conference, Boston.
  • Attendee: Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) 2010 National Conference, Denver.
  • Participant: Writer Island Retreat and Workshop. 2013.
  • Participant: LitFuse, A Poets’ Workshop. 2012, Tieton, WA.  Master Workshop, Christopher Howell instructor.
  • Participant: Artsmith Residency, 2009; Marvin Bell, instructor.
  • Participant: Richard Hugo House workshop, 2005; Anna Marie Hong, Writer-in-Residence instructor.
  • Participant: Skagit River Poetry Festival workshop, 2004; Tom Lux instructor.
  • Participant: University of Washington Extension. Seattle, WA 2003; Belle Randal instructor.
  • Participant: Centrum Writers Workshop/Port Townsend, WA 2002; Dorianne Laux instructor.
  • Participant: Poetry Bootcamp/Seattle Poetry Festival; 2000, Danika Dinsmore instructor.
  • Participant: North Seattle Community College; Continuing Ed. Poetry Workshops; 1996-1999. Danika Dinsmore instructor.


  • Pacific Lutheran University:   Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 2009
  • University of Washington Extension:  Advanced Poetry Writing Certificate, 2001/02
  • Centrum Writer’s Conference: Port Townsend, WA 2002
  • University of Washington Extension: Certificate in Records and Information Management, 1995/96
  • North Seattle Community College: Liberal Arts, 1984/1987


  • Copper Canyon Press. Port Townsend, WA 2007


  • Volunteer: Richard Hugo House. 2012-Present.
  • Associate Director: Artsmith 2009-Present.

    Artsmith is a non-profit organization promoting arts education and the creation of new works of art through the following programs:

    -Residency opportunities for selected writers, artists, and scholars.
    -Literary events for writers, teachers, students, and those who appreciate fine literature.
    -Literary contests to showcase the work of outstanding writers.
    -Exhibition and performance opportunities for local and visiting artists.
    -Publishing and/or broadcasting opportunities for fine literary works

  • Vice-President/Board Member: Seattle Poetry Festival. 1998-2002.

    Served four consecutive years on the board of directors for the Seattle Poetry Festival. I served as vice-president of the board for the 2001/2002 fiscal year. During my tenure on the board I saw the organization grow from a grass-roots program under the umbrella management of Eleventh Hour Productions into a sustainable organization of its own and through to its merger with the Capital Hill Arts Council (CHAC) in 2003. The Seattle Poetry Festival board, staff and volunteers collaborated with The Richard Hugo House, The Northwest Book Festival and several other local venues to host readings and fundraising events during the festival and throughout the year. Some of the artists booked included poets Gwendolyn Brooks, Sherman Alexi, Heather McHugh and Anne Waldman.


“What I admire most in Praising the Paradox is the resilience throughout, and an awareness of the common world that both comforts and devastates. These poems navigate a landscape of loss where what goes on is the sway of stoplights, the waitress with her coffee-pot suspended in the air, the everyday moments that gather momentum and make a life. These poems celebrate the small gestures, carrying pain alongside joy, reminding us we are alive.” — Dorianne Laux, author of “The Book of Men,” winner of the Paterson Prize and “Facts About the Moon,” which won the Oregon Book Award.

“Few poets make ideas as tactile as Tina Schumann. At once readily accessible and piercingly ambiguous, Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues presents both the heartbreak and the epiphanies involved in caring for a beloved parent who is gradually fading into self-eradicating dementia. Each deeply elegiac poem stands on its own while serving as yet one more critical juncture in this most remarkable sequence. The volume astonishes not simply because of its consistently remarkable phrasing or its myriad musical nuances, but because of the inventive line-by-line composing and the manifold interpretative possibilities on every page. Schumann’s achievement is that the brilliant verse rendering of her ministrations calls us back to her daughterly devotion over and over.  – Kevin Clark, author of “In the Evening of No Warning” and “Self-Portrait with Expletives,” winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition.

“Schumann’s poems address the big questions successfully because the poet is honest in her self-reflective moments, rigorous in her moments of intellectual parry, playful linguistically, and keen in her perceptions of those off-the-radar states of being that are so tricky to catch in an accurate way. She refuses to be overwhelmed by the enormity of her task. Her reliance on tonal shifts, formal arrangement and personal accountability make for a collection that strips away the artifices of consolation even as it strives to bless.” —Lia Purpura, author of “King Baby,” winner of the 2007 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

“In As If we have a poet completely in her element. The voice/tone is consistent, strong, and each poem communicates with the others. This book dishes it out without being confrontational, subversion and surprise on every page. The pace/cadence is superbly controlled by intelligent line breaks (which may surprise the reader as these lines can be ridiculously long, the poems bulky, yet it’s all masterfully done), enjambments, and the musicality of Schumann’s diction. She is part Whitman, part prophet of the Americana. Not many poets I know can be both heartbreaking and funny, but Schumann manages to walk the line between grief and guffaw.” —Michael St. Paul,, Community Reviews.