Shara McCallum is the author of two previous collections of poetry, Song of Thieves (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003) and The Water Between Us (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1999, winner of the 1998 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize), as well as personal essays that appear in The Antioch Review, Creative Nonfiction, Witness, and elsewhere. Her poems have been published in the US, the Caribbean, the UK, Latin America, and Israel, have been reprinted in textbooks and anthologies of American, African American, Caribbean, and World poetry, and have been translated into Spanish and Romanian. Originally from Kingston, Jamaica, she lives with her husband and two young daughters in central Pennsylvania, where she directs the Stadler Center for Poetry and teaches creative writing and literature at Bucknell University.
"So much of sobriety is just sitting around and waiting until you are allowed to go to sleep, and start over again, especially early on. But everything in this book is 100% emotionally true to my experience."
Read the interview with Kaveh Akbar about his chapbook, PORTRAIT OF AN ALCOHOLIC, where he speaks about experiences with addiction, how poetry has helped him, and the influence his words have had on others.
Look for his forthcoming full length title, CALLING A WOLF A WOLF, this September. ...