The Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author for February 2017 is Karissa Knox Sorrell

Welcome to the February edition of Blue Heron Speaks! It is my great pleasure to shine a spotlight on the vivid, evocative, and lush verse of poet, Karissa Knox Sorrell, author of Evening Body (Finishing Line Press, 2016). Her beautiful imagery weaves a tapestry of color, emotion, and meaning in ways that the reader only truly absorbs after experiencing each poem several times. These are thoughtful, artful works that ask us to journey to the center of ourselves, when moving toward the center of each poem. Walk down the road ~ follow the path of words.

To learn more about the writing of Karissa Knox Sorrell, please visit the Blue Heron Speaks page of our site, where you will find sample poems by our featured author and information about where to order her books.


(author photo by Karla Wardlow)

Karissa Knox Sorrell is an ESL teacher, poet, and writer from Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University in 2010. Her poetry chapbook, Evening Body, was published in 2016 by Finishing Line Press. Karissa’s poems have been seen in journals such as Cumberland River Review, Gravel Mag, Two Cities Review, and Whale Road Review. Karissa has also published essays in journals such as St. Katherine Review and Cargo Literary, and has an essay in the anthology Soul Bare, published in 2016 by InterVarsity Press. She is currently working on a second chapbook and a YA novel. Connect with Karissa at or @KKSorrell.

Stephen Anderson is the September 2015 Blue Heron Speaks Featured Poet!

Stephen Anderson

Welcome to the September 2015 Blue Heron Speaks feature! This month, we are very pleased to share the work of poet, Stephen Anderson. Please visit our Blue Heron Speaks page to read 3 sample poems from his new poetry collection, Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015). While reading Stephen Anderson’s poems, we closely hold the miracle of each memory he shares with us, as if they are our own. Anderson has that rare gift as a poet of showing us the magic of small moments through beautiful imagery and thoughtful details. We, too, are on that swing as a child. We, too, are listening to the cicada serenade. We, too, are contemplating the fate of a colony of yellow jackets. I hope you will linger long and often, while reading these poems, as we welcome the new life that awaits us behind the russet and gold of September.

(Photo credit: Shlomo Godder)

(Photo credit: Shlomo Godder)

Stephen Anderson is a prize-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals including Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, New Purlieu Re-view, Free Verse, Verse Wisconsin and Foundling Review. Many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on the Milwaukee NPR-affiliate WUWM Lake Effect Program. He is the author of Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems (2001) and The Silent Tango of Dreams (2006 chapbook).  Several of his poems appeared in the poetry collection, Portals And Piers (2012). In the summer of 2013, six of his poems formed the text for a chamber music composition entitled, The Privileged Secrets of the Arch, performed by some musicians, including two members of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and an opera singer. Because of a particular set of life experiences, Anderson considers himself a poet with a global perspective rather than a regional poet. His newest poetry collection, Navigating in the Sun, was recently published by Finishing Line Press (2015). Copies can be ordered directly from the poet ($14.49 plus shipping of $2.50).  Contact author for details at:

Navigating in the Sun (Finishing Line Press, 2015)

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Carolyne Whelan is the Blue Heron Speaks Poet for March 2014

Our Blue Heron Speaks featured poet for March 2014 is:

Carolyne Whelan

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Carolyne Whelan received her MFA in poetry and nonfiction at Chatham University in 2009, where she was a finalist for Best Thesis. She was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Sacramento Poetry Center Prize for a Single Poem, and was a Jan-Ai fellowship winner. Her first chapbook, The Glossary of Tania Aebi, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of journals, most recently Willows Wept and Sugar House. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Visit the Blue Heron Speaks page on this site to read two of Carolyne Whelan’s recent poems, “Watching the Red-Tailed Hawk’s Courtship Ritual” and “After Rumi”.