“There is love in this book--erotic love, mother love, love animals and nature--but it’s not an easy love. One has to work hard to hold together. And Triedman does, relying on unflinching observation and far-reaching imagination to provide a plumb line to anchor an unknown future.”
“Every poem [in Selvage] digs up treasures of insight, words pungent as the air outside the tannery, ineradicable artifacts like the bullet in a slave woman’s unearthed spine--not always comfortable to contemplate, but satisfying as only the truth can be.”
Kim Triedman has published widely in such literary journals as Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Women Arts Quarterly, and Poetry International. She won the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest for her first collection bathe in it or sleep, and has won and placed in numerous other poetry and fiction competitions. After the 2010 earthquake, she developed and edited Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Poetry and Art which benefited Partners in Health. Her first novel, The Other Room is due out in October.
Donna Johnson grew up in Tennessee, but now lives with her family outside of Boston. Her poems and reviews have been published in Birmingham Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Cafe Review and others. In 2010 she won Cutbank magazine’s annual poetry contest and was a finalists for the Patricia Dobler Award. She currently works in the educational software publishing field.