Celebrate National Poetry Month with Birchbark Books

By Otto, Audra | MinnPost.com, March 27, 2012 | Go to article overview

Celebrate National Poetry Month with Birchbark Books


Otto, Audra, MinnPost.com


On Wednesday, Apr. 11, the Birchbark Books Reading Series will celebrate National Poetry Month with a reading by three Twin Cities poets.

Hosted by Michael Kiesow Moore, the event will feature Nodin Press poets Cary Waterman, Linda Back McKay and Greg Watson, reading from their 2011 collections.

Cary Waterman is the award-winning author of "The Book of Fire," a collection about her travels to Iceland, the myth of Persephone, the luxuriousness of the Minnesota seasons and the difficult realities of a nation at war. Her poems cut close to the heart and pulse with reverence for all life.

Waterman's previous poetry collections include Minnesota Book Award-finalist "When I Looked Back You Were Gone," "The Salamander Migration," "First Thaw" and "Dark Lights the Tiger's Tail." Her poems have appeared in "A Geography of Poets," "Woman Poet: The Midwest," "The Logan House Anthology of 21st-Century American Poetry," "Poets Against the War" and countless poetry journals. She is also the co-editor of the anthology "Minnesota Writes: Poetry."

Linda Back McKay is a writer and teaching artist whose latest poetry collection, "The Next Best Thing," traverses the landscapes of love, time, grief, humanity and hope. The poems offer a rollicking range of styles and tones, from poignant lyricism to mordant prose, from somber honesty to wild speculation.

McKay's earlier poetry collections were "Ride that Full Tilt Boogie" and "The Cockeyed Precision of Time. …

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