Thursday, April 9, 2009

Amy Small-McKinney publishes chapbook

The publication of Clear Moon, Frost, a poetry chapbook by Amy Small-McKinney, has been announced by Finishing Line Press, and is available for pre-ordering. Amy’s poem “Eddie and His Beagle” appeared in upstreet number one.

Amy’s first chapbook, Body of Surrender (Finishing Line, 2004) was showcased at Poet’s House in New York. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2004 and again in 2006. Her work has appeared in on-line and print journals such as Wild River Review, The Cortland Review, The Pedestal Magazine, ForPoetry, Elixir Press, Fox Chase Review, and Blue Fifth Review. She interviewed Pulitzer Prize poetry nominee Bruce Smith for the April 2006 issue of The Pedestal Magazine, and was guest editor for its June 2006 issue. Her poem “Nigeria 2002” was awarded third place in the 2007 Philadelphia Eco Poetry Project. Her essays have appeared in a number of publications, such as The Philadelphia Inquirer and Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal—University of Toronto, and other publications.

When not writing poetry, Amy works as a consulting counselor in local school districts, and facilitates community groups dealing with psychosocial issues. She will soon be joining a private practice as a therapist for children, young adults, and families. She feels that not having an MFA is both a blessing and a curse. The curse is that she writes, and educates herself, alone; the blessing is that she permits the poems to emerge without an internal censor or shame. She lives with her husband and daughter in Blue Bell, PA.

“Amy Small-McKinney writes with a commitment to inner life, inner depth, and inner truth.”—Molly Peacock

“Amy Small-McKinney…has secretly and quietly produced some of the most beautiful poems I have ever read.”—Franz Wright

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