The Jacar Press Julie Suk Award is for the best book by a small, literary, or university press and the 2021 longlist has been announced. Diode author Sally Rosen Kindred's 2021 collection Where the Wolf is among the longlisted titles. Congratulations, Sally!
Sally Rosen Kindred’s third book, Where the Wolf, is a wood where a girl-turned-woman, a daughter-turned-mother, goes walking, searching for the warm fur, the hackles and hurts—past and future—inside her. These poems explore how stories—fairy tales, family memories, myths, and dreams—tell us, and let us tell each other, who we are, and what’s wild and sacred in our connections. From “the beast your mother made/ who scans hood and bed,” to the ghost-guard summoned by a child on the night her family fractures, to the teenage son who transforms into “beauty, his dread-body,” the beings in these poems are themselves stories, spells: alchemized through language, always becoming, bearing hope and loss. They fragment in anxiety, and form into new wilderness. They open themselves to reconstruction, redemption. Through it all, “Wolf is the ghost of a hurt remembering itself. Is She. You can hear Her between trees.” These poems are a calling out—through meadows, emptied houses, dark skies—to wolf and self, parent and child, girl and woman, love and grief.
Sally Rosen Kindred is the author of two previous collections, Book of Asters and No Eden, and three chapbooks. She has received two awards for poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals, including The Gettysburg Review, Shenandoah, and Kenyon Review Online. She teaches creative writing for Johns Hopkins CTY and for The Poetry Barn.