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Week 13: Heather Derr-Smith

Hello Daisy-Poet friends! This is Amy Poague here, ready to celebrate the poetry and work of Heather Derr-Smith @Hderrsmith! Her website is at heatherderrsmith.com.

Heather studied at the U of Virginia and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Her poems appear widely in journals, and she is the author of four books of poetry: Each End of the World (Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016), and Thrust (Persea Books, 2017).


Heather also does extensive humanitarian work and is the director of Cuvaj Se @cuvaj_se, a nonprofit NGO supporting writers and students in communities affected by war and the international refugee/migration crisis. They have done work in Bosnia, Ukraine, and elsewhere.

Check out this great organization at cuvajse.org.


Here are two of the poems available to read on https://heatherderrsmith.com/ that especially resonated with me. The first is “Gouge,” from Thrust, which was also featured on Split This Rock:


Equally moving is “Traitor,” from Tongue Screw, which was also featured on Verse Daily:



Finally, do yourself a favor and subscribe to Heather’s YouTube channel:


Her videos are collections of things that she loves – poetry, music, travel, family, dogs, cats, and lots of creepy and/or beautiful visuals.

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