Biography of Deborah Ager

Deborah Ager
Bethesda, Maryland, US

Deborah Ager is an American poet, essayist, and editor.


Deborah Ager founded the poetry magazine known as 32 poems or 32 Poems Magazine in 2003 with the poet John Poch. She was educated at the University of Maryland (B.A.) and the University of Florida (M.F.A.).

She has published three books. She co-edited the anthologies Old Flame: 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine (2012) with John Poch and Bill Beverly and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (2013) with M. E. Silverman.

Her writing has appeared in New England Review, The Georgia Review, Birmingham Poetry Review, Los Angeles Review, Barn Owl, North American Review, and Best New Poets 2006. She has received fellowships and/or scholarships from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation. She was a Walter E. Dakin fellow at the Sewanee Writers' Conference as well as a Tennessee Williams Scholar.

Her manuscript Midnight Voices was a semifinalist for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize in 2007 before being accepted for publication by Cherry Grove Collections.

She served on the board of 32 poems magazine and on the editorial board of Redux Magazine. Ager is a former co-director of the Joaquin Miller Cabin poetry reading series in Washington, DC, which takes place in Rock Creek Park.

Ager is also an essayist, with nonfiction writing published in The Greatist and Modern Loss.

Honors and awards

  • Scholarship, West Chester Poetry Conference, 2011
  • Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, 2011
  • Walter E. Dakin Fellowship, Sewanee Writers’ Conference
  • Fellowship, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, 2009
  • Tennessee Williams scholar, Sewanee Writers' Conference
  • Fellowship, MacDowell Colony


  • Deborah Ager; M. E. Silverman, eds. (September 26, 2013). The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 978-1-4411-8879-3. Retrieved July 15, cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:block;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:block;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  • Deborah Ager; Bill Beverly; John Poch, eds. (January 10, 2013). Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine. WordFarm. ISBN 978-1-60226-013-9. Retrieved July 15, 2013.
  • Midnight Voices. WordTech Communications LLC. March 1, 2009. ISBN 978-1-934999-42-4. Retrieved July 15, 2013.


  • "The Lights and Lessons of Toro Nagashi, the Japanese Candle Boat Ceremony," Modern Loss, 2018.
  • "10 Free Meditations to Encourage Restful Sleep," The Greatist, 2018.
  • From the Fishouse, May 2011
  • "The Problem With Describing Men"
  • "Mangos", Delaware Poetry Review, March 2003
  • "The Lake", Connecticut Review, 2002
  • "Night in Iowa", Georgia Review, 2000
  • "Night: San Francisco", New England Review, 2002
  • "Santa Fe In Winter", New England Review, 2002
  • "The Space Coast", American Literary Review, 2002

Personal life

Ager is married to the writer Bill Beverly, and with their daughter Olive, they live in Hyattsville, Maryland.

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