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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).

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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.

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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:

https://www.splitthisrock.org/poetry-database/poem/gouge

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

versedaily.org/2018/traitor.s

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

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChhjf1Vp_5o6siKsuhv_G0A

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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