Please join us for a Zoom event online with local poet Meg Kearney and her invited guest Sally Rosen Kindred as they read from and discuss their new books of poetry.
In her latest book All Morning The Crows Meg draws on her acute powers of observation, a lively curiosity, and her gift for gorgeous imagery to take us on a journey of personal exploration, discovery, and reconciliation. Surprising poems bring together the parallel but discreet worlds of humans and birds, which speak to each other across the gulf between them. With a knowledge of birds and their behavior sufficient to satisfy even the most demanding birder, but never alienating the casual observer, with wit, musicality, and her unflinching eye, Kearney gives us a page-turner we want never to end, its subject being the work in progress which is life and its abundant mysteries.
Meg is also author of An Unkindness of Ravens and Home By Now, winner of the PEN New England L.L. Winship Award; a heroic crown, The Ice Storm, published as a chapbook in 2020; and three verse novels for teens. Her award-winning picture book, Trouper, is illustrated by E.B. Lewis. Meg’s poetry has been featured on Garrison Keillor’s “A Writer’s Almanac” and Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry” series, and included in the 2017 Best American Poetry anthology (Natasah Tretheway, guest editor). She lives in New Hampshire and directs the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing Program in Massachusetts. Visit www.megkearney.com.
Sally Rosen Kindred’s third book, Where The Wolf, is a wood where a girl-turned-woman, a daughter-turned-mother, goes walking, searching for the warm fur, the hackles and hurts—past and future—inside her. These poems explore how stories—fairy tales, family memories, myths, and dreams—tell us, and let us tell each other, who we are, and what’s wild and sacred in our connections. From “the beast your mother made/ who scans hood and bed,” to the ghost-guard summoned by a child on the night her family fractures, to the teenage son who transforms into “beauty, his dread-body,” the beings in these poems are themselves stories, spells: alchemized through language, always becoming, bearing hope and loss. They fragment in anxiety, and form into new wilderness. They open themselves to reconstruction, redemption. Through it all, “Wolf is the ghost of a hurt remembering itself. Is She. You can hear Her between trees.” These poems are a calling out—through meadows, emptied houses, dark skies—to wolf and self, parent and child, girl and woman, love and grief.
Her previous books are Book of Asters (2014) and No Eden (2011), both from Mayapple Press. Her chapbooks include Garnet Lanterns (Anabiosis Press, 2006) and Darling Hands, Darling Tongue (Hyacinth Girl Press, 2013) and Says the Forest to the Girl, which came out in 2018 from Porkbelly Press. She has received two Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council. Recent poems have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Northwest, The Massachusetts Review, Missouri Review's Poem-of-the-week Web Feature, and Kenyon Review Online. She teaches creative writing for the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. A native of North Carolina, she lives in Maryland
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