Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets. In February we welcome Elizabeth Jacobson, author of Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, Dana Wildsmith, author of One Light, and Linda Parsons, author of Candescent.


Elizabeth Jacobson

Elizabeth Jacobson’s second book, Not into the Blossoms and Not into the Air, won the New Measure Poetry Prize, selected by Marianne Boruch, and was published in January 2019, by Free Verse Editions/Parlor Press. Her other books include two chapbooks, A Brown Stone and Are the Children Make Believe? both from Dancing Girl Press and a full-length collection, Her Knees Pulled In, from Tres Chicas Books. She is the founding director of the WingSpan Poetry Project, a not-for-profit that conducts weekly poetry classes in battered family and homeless shelters in New Mexico.  WingSpan has received four grants from the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, JuxtaProse, Orion Magazine, Ploughshares, Plume, Poet Lore, Taos Journal of Poetry, The American Journal of Poetry, The Laurel Review, Terrain, and elsewhere. She has received residencies from Atlantic Center for the Arts, Key West Literary Seminar, Herekeke Arts Center, and the Mable Dodge Luhan House where she was the 2018 writer-in-residence. Elizabeth has taught writing for over thirty years in colleges, public schools, and for programs with community outreach.  Currently, she is teaching a weekly community poetry class in conjunction with the Santa Fe Railyard Art Project. Elizabeth is the Reviews Editor for Terrain.org and Poet Laureate of Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Dana Wildsmith

Dana Wildsmith grew up in south Georgia, the daughter of a Methodist minister who was active in working for social justice. She attended college wherever her Navy husband’s career took them, finally obtaining a B.A. in Sociology from Virginia Wesleyan College. In 1999, she returned to her family’s land in north Georgia, where she and her extended family work to preserve a 125-year-old family farm in the midst of encroaching development. She teaches English to adults of many nationalities in the English Literacy Program of the Adult Literacy Program of Lanier Technical College. In 1992, Wildsmith was named a Poetry Fellow in the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and her second chapbook, Annie, won the Palanquin Press competition of the University Of South Carolina, Aiken. She has worked as a Writer-in-residence for the Devil’s Tower National Monument and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She worked as an Artist In the Schools for the South Carolina Humanities Department. She teaches poetry workshops throughout the United States. Her poems and essays have been widely published in both literary and commercial journals, including Yankee, The Kentucky Poetry Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. She is among the writers featured in the University Press of Kentucky’s Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Her other published works are: Alchemy, Our Bodies Remember, Choices (an audio collection), One Good Hand, and Back to Abnormal.


Linda Parsons

Linda Parsons coordinates WordStream, WDVX-FM’s weekly reading series, with Stellasue Lee and is the review editor at Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. She has contributed poetry to The Georgia Review, Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Southern Poetry Review, The Chattahoochee Review, Baltimore Review, Shenandoah, and Ted Kooser’s syndicated column, American Life in Poetry, among many others. Parsons is the copy editor for Chapter 16, the literary website of Humanities Tennessee, and playwright-in-residence for The Hammer Ensemble, the social justice wing of Flying Anvil Theatre in Knoxville, Tennessee. Candescent is her fifth poetry collection. 

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One Light: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680031744
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Published: Texas Review Press - February 20th, 2019

Candescent Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542578
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Published: Iris Press - August 1st, 2019

Not Into the Blossoms and Not Into the Air (Free Verse Editions) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781643170282
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Published: Parlor Press - January 1st, 2019