Traci Brimhall
December 2013


Traci BrimhallTraci Brimhall is the author of Our Lady of the Ruins (W.W. Norton), selected by Carolyn Forché for the 2011 Barnard Women Poets Prize, and Rookery (Southern Illinois University Press), winner of the 2009 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry First Book Award. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Kenyon Review, Slate, The Believer, Ploughshares, New England Review, and Best American Poetry 2013. She’s received fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the King/Chávez/Parks Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Statement of Poetics

I love poetry because it makes me feel less alone in the world. Poems written by strangers or the dead have made me feel seen and understood. I love poetry because it once made me feel brave, and most of the time it continues to do so. I love poetry because it lets me fail. It lets me fail again and again and again.


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