"Thomas's 'museum' is not a place where sadness can be safely contemplated from an aesthetic distance. Her museum's doors are wide open. In poem after risky poem, with humor, flair, and compassion, she pits the power of redemptive art against the ills and evils of the world." - Philip Fried
Susan Thomas has two chapbooks, and is a co-translator of Last Voyage, a collection of Giovanni Pascoli’s selected poems. She has recent and forthcoming work in Manhattan Review, CUTTHROAT, and the anthology The Heart’s Many Doors. She lives with her husband, writer Peter Sills, mostly in New York City and sometimes in Marshfield, VT.
Winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky Editor's Choice Award, this potent collection revisits a backwoods Virginia marred by sexual violence. In explosive poems, which explore the confluence of trauma and desire, Heather Derr-Smith reclaims a troubled past, empowering the present through an unlikely chorus of grace and fury.
Heather Derr-Smith is the author of four books of poetry, Each End of the World, The Bride Minaret,Tongue Screw, and Thrust, winner of the Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor's Choice Award. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and divides her time between Iowa and Sarajevo, Bosnia.