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How Light Reaches Us: Poems


Available now from Kelsay Books/The Aldrich Press!

CéjaThalwegJaralDesire Path: line of trees edging a meadow, underwater divide in a stream, scrub plains, shortcut through a wild place. This book contains all of these. Her vision heightened by time spent in the Oregon outback, Kristin Berger conveys and re-creates the deep sensuality of landscape. The whole beautiful collection is a love poem to our physical world.”

~ Penelope Scambly Schott, author of A Is for Anne: Mistress Hutchinson Disturbs the Commonwealth, Oregon Book Award


For the Willing: Poems 

Finishing Line Press, 2008.


“These are poems to conjure with. For us, the willing, Kristin Berger tells the natural history of motherhood as tautly, as fiercely, as just plain — well — as I’ve ever read it. From the roots of beets to the dust-bowls of wrens to the blue highways of birth-ready breasts and the arc of a kid on a bike, her poems travel for the garden, for the world, for all of us.”

~ Robert Michael Pyle, author of Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year, and The Thunder Tree.



VoiceCatcher 6Edited by Kristin Berger and Toni Partington, 2011.



Featuring 45 female authors and 25 female artists from the Portland/Vancouver area in the Pacific Northwest, VoiceCatcher 6 captures the diverse voices of award winners, emerging writers, and beginners through a rich selection of poetry, prose, and the visual arts.

VoiceCatcher Journal