The Woman Who Could Cradle Monsoons June 9th & more

Guess who’s back in town? Sarah McKinstry Brown. She wowed Albuquerque for years and we were lucky to have her in our poetry scene. Now she lives in Nebraska and it’s great she’s trekked back for a visit. If you are unfamiliar with her work from her time in Albuquerque, you are in for a treat. You’ll even have a chance to study with her if you desire–see below…

Winner of the Academy of American Poets Prize, Sarah McKinstry-Brown studied poetry at the University of New Mexico and the University of Sheffield, England. Published everywhere from West Virginia’s standardized tests to literary journals such as Chicago Quarterly Review, she earned her MFA in Poetry from the University of Nebraska, and her first full-length collection of poetry, Cradling Monsoons, is out with Blue Light Press.  When she’s not reading, writing, or teaching, you can find Sarah in Omaha with her husband, the poet Matt Mason, and their two beautiful, feisty daughters.

I had a chance and honor to blurb her new book. Here’s what I wrote:

Heaven, the black keys on a grand piano! This collection pits tension between reality and desire, cultivating a world rich with lived imagination. In Sarah McKinstry-Brown’s grasp, language tackles the world of marriage, pregnancies and family with a complex love capable of cradling frustrations and grief with a patience that can ride through any monsoons and still trust there will be air to breathe soon enough.

I’m really intrigued by a series in her book on imaginary heavens, think it’s delightful and surprising and moving. I am hoping you’ll get a chance to catch one of her events.

Here they are:

  • Wednesday June 1 Mini Feature at Poetry and Beer Blackbird Buvette 8pm. Pass the hat.
  • Sunday June 5th Writing Workshop 2-5 RSVP to me/lisa at localpoetsguild at yahoo dot com so I can know if there’s enough interest to do this. Donations.
  • Thursday June 9th Triptych with Sari Krosinsky and Jasmine Cuffee at the Projects 3614 High Street NE  Pass the hat. 7:00 pm.
  • June 12th 10:30 AM Church of Beethoven at the Kosmos $15

Hope to see you at some events. I think Triptych promises to be rather mindblowingly good, and am hoping perhaps some people want to do the workshop also. Do let me know.