Welcome to the December 2015 Blue Heron Speaks feature! Our guest author this month is the beautiful, soulful poet, Susan Rich. Her latest poetry collection is Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press, 2014). Susan Rich’s poems evoke a musical melding of the unknowable and the rich, textured details of the tangible world. You can just touch the red velvet stars in her lyrical lines. You can taste the Boston egg creams. In these beautifully crafted poems, Rich reminds us that we are holy beings, that our lives are sacred and mystical.
Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks Featured Author page to read three poems from Cloud Pharmacy.
(photo credit Kelli Russell Agodon)
Susan Rich is the author of four collections of poetry including Cloud Pharmacy, and The Alchemist’s Kitchen, which was a Finalist for the Foreword Prize and the Washington State Book Award. Her poems have been published by many journals including in the Antioch Review, Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, Poetry Northwest, Poetry Ireland, The Southern Review, and World Literature Today. Susan’s other books include Cures Include Travel (2006) and The Cartographer’s Tongue (2000) winner of the PEN USA Award and the Peace Corps Writers Award. She is a recipient of awards from Artists Trust, 4 Culture, The Times Literary Review Award, Seattle Mayor’s Award of Cultural Affairs and the Fulbright Foundation. She teaches at Highline College and lives in Seattle, WA. Find out more about this author at her website: http://poet.susanrich.net/
Cloud Pharmacy (White Pine Press, 2014)
Kelli Russell Agodon
Blue Heron Review is honored to shine a spotlight on the artistry and energy of poet, Kelli Russell Agodon, for the month of October. Kelli’s latest poetry collection, Hourglass Museum, is published by White Pine Press, 2014. Please visit the Blue Heron Speaks page, to read two of her poems from this book. Agodon is a talented wordsmith who knows how to create vivid worlds through imagery, lyricism and beautiful language. I know that our Blue Heron readers will thoroughly enjoy this month’s selections!
About Kelli Russell Agodon
Kelli Russell Agodon is a poet, writer, and editor from the Northwest. She’s the author of Hourglass Museum (White Pine Press, 2014) and The Daily Poet: Day-By-Day Prompts for Your Writing Practice, which she co-authored with Martha Silano.
Her other books include Letters from the Emily Dickinson Room (Winner of ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year in Poetry and Finalist for the Washington State Book Prize), Small Knots, Geography, and Fire On Her Tongue: An Anthology of Contemporary Women’s Poetry. She has won various awards in writing and editing from Artist Trust, The Puffin Foundation, North American Review and her work has been published in journals such as The Atlantic, Prairie Schooner, and the New England Review.
Kelli is the co-founder of Two Sylvias Press and was the editor of Seattle’s Crab Creek Review for the last six years. She lives in a small seaside town where when not writing, she does graphic design and photography. She is also an avid paddleboarder and mountain biker who has a fondness for old dogs, bonfires, desserts, and fedoras. Visit her at: www.agodon.com or learn more about Two Sylvias Press at: www.twosylviaspress.com
(Hourglass Musem, White Pine Press, 2014)