Join Waywiser Press for the launch of Audrey Bohanan's Any Keep or Contour, featuring Joseph Harrison and Dora Malech.
Audrey Bohanan’s poems track the human endeavor to create order out of the cluttering rummage of the psyche. As they grapple to keep their hold on the world apparent in observable, naturally occurring phenomena, they sometimes turn to the quieter successes of other species out from under the wiles of civil government, sometimes to the speechless and acute innocence of childhood, always insistent on an inevitable reason for hope. Even as the wilder, curative landscape vanishes, they light out for what is left of it with a sense of “an incessant being alive,” where nothing but limitlessness sets its own limitations.
Audrey Bohanan was born in 1948 in central-southern New Hampshire, where she also spent her childhood, growing up on one of the state’s few remaining family farms. Educated at the University of New Hampshire and a graduate of the Vermont College MFA in Writing Program, she has taught writing and poetry for The Johns Hopkins University and Champlain College for many years, and also teaches privately and runs workshops in her local area. Her first book, Lime, won the 2002 Gerald Cable Book Award, and its poems were described by Mark Doty as “sound[ing] like no one else, alive with a tensile strength and exacting, idiosyncratic perception. They speak to a lived, open-eyed engagement with a long-loved place.” In addition to her career in poetry, she earlier served an apprenticeship in the printing industry and journeyed in a shop transitioning from hot-metal typography to digital print. She is married to the furniture-maker and musician Jeff Lind. Having moved to coastal Maine in the mid-1970s, they live and work off-the-grid on a piece of backland devoted to tree growth and wildlife habitat.
Joseph Harrison is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Someone Else’s Name (2003), Identity Theft (2005), and Shakespeare’s Horse (2015). He has received an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim fellowship in poetry; his books have twice been a finalist for the Poets’ Prize. His new book of poems is due out in 2020; poems from it have appeared in The American Scholar, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Books, Parnassus, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is Senior American Editor for the Waywiser Press, and chairman of the Anthony Hecht Poetry Prize committee.
Dora Malech grew up in Maryland, and earned a BA in Fine Arts from Yale University and an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her awards include a Clapp Fellowship from Yale, Capote and Teaching-Writing Fellowships from Iowa, a Glenn Schaeffer Fellowship, and a Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. Malech's poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry magazine, Poetry London, and elsewhere. She is the author of Shore Ordered Ocean(2010), Say So (2011), and Stet (2018).