Midwest Gothic   (September 2020)

By Laura Donnelly

ISBN: 978-0-912592-88-6

Winner of the 2019 Richard Snyder Memorial Prize, selected by Maggie Smith

Available from:  Ashland Bookstore  |  Amazon


Praise for Midwest Gothic:

The poems in Midwest Gothic make the daily deliciously strange—“the daily/ which isn’t still at all but a whirring/ gone deep.” They make us work our way inside them, but once I entered this book, I didn’t want to leave. I wanted to stay in “the copper-tipped town”; I wanted to stay with the delphinium, “a choir of indigo,” and “cornfields made surreal/ in the dark.” These difficult times have tested my faith in many things, including language, and Midwest Gothic arrived just in time to remind me what poems can do. 

—Maggie Smith

About the Author:

Laura Donnelly’s first book of poetry, Watershed, won the 2013 Cider Press Review Editors’ Prize, and her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Passages North, PANK, Mississippi Review, Harvard Review, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at the State University of New York at Oswego, where she teaches poetry writing and literature and serves as the director of Oswego’s visiting writers series. 

Originally from Michigan, Donnelly received an MFA from Purdue University and a PhD in English/Creative Writing from Western Michigan University. Her work has been supported by fellowships and scholarships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Corporation of Yaddo, the I-Park Foundation, and the Sewanee Writers Conference.

She lives in Oswego, New York, with her husband Ben and a calico cat named Sue.

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