Scot Siegel was born in Oakland, California, and grew up near Lake Tahoe where he was a nationally ranked junior ski racer. He has lived in the Pacific Northwest since 1987 and resides in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Siegel is the author of three full-length poetry collections and two poetry chapbooks, most recently The Constellation of Extinct Stars and Other Poems (Salmon Poetry, 2016) and Thousands Flee California Wildflowers (Salmon Poetry, 2012). He has received artist residencies with Playa at Summer Lake and Oregon State University's Sprng Creek Project, and awards and commendations from Nimrod International, Aesthetica (UK), the Oregon State Library, and the Oregon Poetry Association. He is also a city planner (www.siegelplanning.com) and has received awards for his work with small towns and cities across the western United States. Siegel has a Bachelor of Science in Geography from Oregon State University, where he completed the University Honors Program, and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Portland State University.
Awards and Commendations
Playa at Summer Lake Residency Awards, Oregon, 2012, 2015 and 2017
Spring Creek Project Writer's Residency, Oregon State Univ., 2016
Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Nimrod International, Honorable Mention, 2012; Philip Levine, Final Judge
Tri-Met, Orange Linings Project, Portland-to-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit; six poems selected from over 1000 entries for permanent public art installation
Aesthetica Magazine (UK) Creative Works Contest, Finalist, 2010; and, Commendation, 2009
Nimrod International Pablo Neruda Poetry Prize, Semi-Finalist, 2008
Pushcart Prize nominations in 2009, 2011, and 2015
Best of the Net Anthology nomination, 2010
Oregon State Library and Poetry Northwest listed Some Weather one of 150 Outstanding Oregon Poetry Books
Oregon Poetry Association, First Prize, Poet’s Choice, 2008
Squaw Valley Community of Writers-Poetry, 2007
Richard Chambers Environmental Grant, 1990; awarded for senior honors thesis (creative writing)
Oregon State University Provost’s Literary Award, Honorable Mention, 1990.