This winter, I had the privilege of being interviewed for Cirque Journal by friend, publisher, and poet-delightful human, Katharine Salzmann. Between bites of Italian pastry and strong cappuccinos, she riffed questions and teased answers, and the result is a lovely, spontaneous interview about my recent full length collection, Echolocation, about knowing a place, knowing the body, and climate change, among other stray thoughts.
It can be found here, at Cirque Journal – since they are a small, independent journal publishing amazing poets, writers, reviews, art and interviews, please consider purchasing a copy. Every bit of support helps!
Thank you, Katharine, Sandy, and Bella Italian Bakery, in Lents, Portland. xo
Both of my recent books have been reviewed by generous poets, and I’m grateful for the time and attention they gave, and the keen readings and insights. I’m always fascinated where poems land for others, what they mean, how they shape shift once they’ve flown from my barn.
From Risa Denenberg, curator of The Poetry Cafe and editor at Headmistress Press, a review of Refugia.
And from Melissa Reeser Poulin, editor and author of Rupture, Light (Finishing Line Press, 2019), a review of Echolocation at Cider Press Review.
Writing reviews is a labor of love, and keeps poetry (and poets) going! Thank you, my community.
I’m proud to announce that my newest collection of poems, Refugia, has been published by Persian Pony Press of Portland, Oregon!
(With the supple and fantastic calligraphy cover art of Patrick Barber at BlackLetterHeart!)
It is a rare thing to run across a collection of poems that lands in exquisite equipoise between that which is said and that which is silent. The spaces between sing, whisper, weep. They declaim love for the imperfect and the impermanent. To experience Kristin Berger’s Refugia is to skip stones across a frozen river, is to lay one’s ear against the groaning ice.
―Wendy Willis, author of A Long Late Pledge
More about REFUGIA, and to purchase your signed copy, please click here.
And for the Book Release Party, and other readings, please click here.
Hope to share some poetry with you, one fine day soon!
“If we have forgotten that poetry is a call sent out into the world to rediscover and name our hearts, minds, and bodies, Kristin Berger’s beautiful new book of poems reminds us of poetry’s good and necessary work.”
~ Annie Lighthart, author of Lantern and Iron String
$20, includes signed copy, broadside and shipping – email firstname.lastname@example.org for payment and mailing info.
Announcing our 2018 Season – 12 Poets from Portland & Beyond!
We are so excited to bring you three mornings of poetry this summer, at the Lents International Farmers Market in SE Portland – Sundays at 9:30-10:15, July 1, Aug 5 and Sept 9.
Endi Bogue Hartigan
Aug. 5 (Lents Street Fair!)
The Lents International Farmers Market Poetry Series began with a chance meeting in the forests of Oregon’s Coast Range. Meredith Stewart and I connected immediately over a communal fire and Peruvian stew – both Lents residents, poets, women who biked (!), who had a love for our little rugged, urban neighborhood. We wanted to have a venue for emerging poets in Outer Southeast Portland, a place that is often overlooked for its past history of crime and poverty, but an area that is rich in culture and down-to-earth-people. So we took poetry to the Lents International Market, where we knew many diverse paths would cross.
Since 2012, (every year except for 2015), we have featured over 30 emerging and established poets share their work amidst the hustle and unpredictable bustle of a Sunday morning farmer’s market. The result has been poignant harvests of words and new friends.
You can connect with us on Facebook, where we feature a poem a week from one of our readers, and share local poetry & art news from the community.
So pleased to have new work published in Santa Ana River Review! “Echolocation” (title poem of a manuscript-in-progress), and “Physics of Fire.” Much gratitude to Kathleen Taylor, Poetry Editor, and the editors & readers at UC Riverside, and the good company.