Winner of the 2019 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry

Art by Rachel Parry


These poems explore the multiple exiles of living in a woman’s body; traversing boundaries of region, nation, and class; and confronting human violations of the natural world. Moving between the quotidian and the mythic, Kirkpatrick’s multi-voiced lyrics constitute a powerful quest.

“A younger woman would not have fought these battles, endured, reflected, returned and reclaimed as Kirkpatrick has done.  Her poems create a path and a lamp for those women poets who come after her.”   –Greta Gaard

“varied, cohesive, accomplished, and deliciously badass”   –Jeanne Larsen





Reading from The Fisher Queen
Virtual Western NC Literary Festival 






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