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Maurine Haltiner received BA (1962) and MA (1970) degrees from the University of Utah in English and Linguistics. She has also studied at California State College, Fullerton. She taught high school English for 33 years in the Salt Lake City School District, at West High and Highland High, grades 9-12, including International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement. She has spent her life in Salt Lake City, UT, where she was born. Haltiner is also a music devotee, having sung in the Messiah Chorus for 24 years during Salt Lake City Tabernacle performances as well as continuing to play violin in the Wasatch Symphony Orchestra for the past 50+ years.
As a member of the Utah State Poetry Society, Maurine has held several positions, including Panorama Editor, Workshop Director, and current Secretary. In 2011 she participated as a community member in a Westminster College Poetry Workshop led by poet Jill McDonough. She has conducted workshops for the poetry society and Redrock Writers in St. George. Awards include Utah State Poetry Society Poet of the year 2004; Friends of Great Salt Lake Alfred Lambourne Literary Prize, 2016; twice National Federation of State Poetry Societies Grand Prize Winner, 2012 and 2014; Seven Red Rock Chaparral Poetry Forum Prizes; and Utah Original Writing Competition Honorable Mention, 2017. Her poetry has been published in Chapparal Poetry Forum, Sand and Sky, Encore, Friends of Great Salt Lake, Grandmother Earth, Lascaux Prize, Vol. 5; Panorama, Passager, Poetry and H