Kim Triedman is both an award-winning poet and a novelist. Her debut novel, The Other Room, and two full-length poetry collections, Plum(b) and Hadestown, all released in 2013. The Other Room was one of four finalists for the 2008 James Jones First Novel Fellowship, and Kim’s poetry has garnered many awards, including the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Award and the 2010 Ibbetson Street Poetry Award. Her poetry has been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals including Prairie Schooner, Salamander, WomenArts Quarterly, and Poetry Salzburg Review. Following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Kim co-organized and co-chaired a collaborative poetry reading at Harvard University to benefit Partners in Health and the people of Haiti. The reading was featured on NPR’s Here and Now with Robin Young and led to the publication of a Poets for Haiti anthology, which Kim developed and edited. A graduate of Brown University, Kim lives in the Boston area.
The mother-daughter bond, and the losses it anticipates, are at the heart of Joanne DeSimone Reynolds’ breathtaking debut collection Comes a Blossom. There is little that’s left to chance in these poems: gestures here are small and circumscribed – the curve of a hand, a rinsing of hair, the drift of a newborn’s eyes as it follows its mother’s gaze across a room. But in Reynolds’ sure hand, these small everyday nuances become anything but ordinary, and what emerges are poems so distilled, so intricate and precise, they feel not so much written as etched. Such is the skill of this new voice that a subject as broad and unwieldy as motherhood itself can be rendered with the adroitness and precision of an engraving: filigree-fine. -- Kim Triedman
Joanne DeSimone Reynolds was born in Pennsylvania and raised in New Jersey. A graduate of Boston University, her poems have been published in Salamander, Ibbetson Street Press, Wilderness House Literary Review and LBJ Literary Bird Journal. She is a member of the Concord Poetry Center and has written reviews for the Boston Area Small Press. The mother of two grown children, she lives on the south shore of Boston with her husband. This is her first collection.
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