Zinta Aistars is the published author of three books. She resides in Kalamazoo, but is publications editor and writer for a health care organization in Grand Rapids, Michigan; prior to that, she was writer and editor for seven years at
LuxEsto, the Kalamazoo College alumni magazine. Her work has also appeared in the
Kalamazoo Guide, Greater Guide of Southwest Michigan, Southwest Michigan Living, Kalamazoo Gazette, Kindred Spirits, Welcome Home, Encore, and
Parade of Homes magazines, and the Latvian newspaper Laiks. She has published poetry, travel essays, stories, and articles in the United States, Latvia, England, Sweden, Germany, and Australia. Her work also appears on many e-zines - including
Cezanne's Carrot, Xelas Magazine, Boston Literary Magazine, Amsterdam Scriptum, Menda City Review, Ghoti Fish, Ash Canyon Review, Fiction Attic, Saucy Vox, Spoiled Ink, 63 Channels, Her Circle Ezine, Ascent Aspirations Magazine, The Redbridge Review, River
Walk Journal, Flashquake, Flash Me Magazine, milk magazine, The Surface, Serene Light, Word Riot, Burning Word, The Moon, insolent rudder, Bobbing Around, coilMagazine, Poems Neiderngasse, The Paper, Poetry Life & Times, QuietPoly Writer's Magazine, Midwest
Book Review, WriteSight and many others. Her poetry appears in the literary anthology,
Persistence of Dreams, compiled by Redbridge Review.
Zinta Aistars has a BA in English with a concentration on creative writing (summa cum laude) from University of Michigan. She holds dual citizenship in both Latvia and the United States.
She is founder and managing editor of the literary ezine, The Smoking Poet.