Poetry Collection

Blood Creek draws its voice and subjects from Ward’s own haunted origins as a woman and a daughter–adeptly translating them into a series of images and stories we can both witness and take part in as readers. The ghostly butcher who appears throughout these poems helps ground them in the possible–the real–by anchoring us in an anti-Edenic landscape in which a constant tension between fear and courage makes joy possible. Like her outcast sister who longs to steal her stepfather’s truck, “rip the poems from his lips, and drive south,” Ward calls us to take part in the telling of her own family’s history from both its periphery and its center, reminding us all the while that dressing our own cuts–our own wounds–is a risky but altogether necessary business. -Dorianne Laux

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Foley Poetry Prize

Other Poems:

“The Last Vacation,” New Ohio Review. https://newohioreview.org/2021/05/13/the-last-vacation/

“Shape Shifting,” “Dressing the Pig,” and “On Carlos Almaraz’s Homage to Still Life,” Nazim Hikmet Poetry Prize. http://www.nazimhikmetpoetryfestival.org/article.php?doc=89

“Directions” and “The Butcher,” Superstition Review. https://superstitionreview.asu.edu/issue8/poetry/shannonward


“I Have Seen Firsthand the Heartbreak of ICE Detention. This Must End.” Truthout. https://truthout.org/articles/ive-seen-firsthand-the-heartbreak-of-ice-detention-this-must-end/

Blog Posts:


“Review of Michael Colonnese’s Temporary Agency



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