that touches the heart . . . and the soul!
by Kristen Henderson
Gold Medal in Poetry 2011 International eLit Awards
sponsored by Jenkins
In Drum Machine, Kristen
Henderson offers a voice—a masterful and lyrical voice —that is universal to our experience. She celebrates
nature, investigates her place in relationships, and describes the struggle of creativity. The portrait of her journey,
now marked in history in Drum Machine, is a powerful one.—Carl Waldman 69 pages
KRISTEN HENDERSON received her MFA in poetry from the University of Arizona. Her poems have
appeared in Birmingham Review, ByLine, Clackamas Review, Karamu, Bloom, and other journals. In the spring of 2007, two of
her poe ms wer e selected by Eamon Grennan to appear in Vanguard Voices of the Hudson Valley, II. Kristen is also a 2005 and
2007 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg award recipient and received First Honorable Mention in the Passages North Elinor Benedict
poetry competition in 2001, and was a finalist again in 2006. Kristen received her MSW at SUNY Albany in May 2008. Kristen
currently lives and works as Director of the Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY.
What Others Are Saying . . .
“Kristen Henderson senses the immediacy of sensibilities and sends them
to the right places. The images in her poems are movingly fresh enough to make one feel they are coming true. They bring power
to innocence, a maneuver invoking any poet's envy. For a first book, her poems are magnificently mature, and I feel rewarded
that they demanded my attention.”
--Charles Plymell, author
of Eat Not Thy Mind, Hand on the Doorknob, Was Poe Afraid?, The Last of the Moccasins, and many other poetry collections.
“I don’t know whether to salute or bow to the depths and heights which
this book attends to. Kristen Henderson is clever, craft-wise, deliberate....Read and reread and hold the
questions which rise – as Henderson suggests: a poem “functions half as personal/note and half as telescope…”.
"Amen to the faith and care given to writing and sequencing these heart-breakingly comic,
wondrously wrought, deeply felt poems.”
-- Kate Knapp Johnson, author of This Perfect Life, Wind Somewhere,
Shade, and When Orchids Were Flowers; professor and Director of the MFA Program in Poetry at Sarah Lawrence
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