Michelle Gillett

Michelle GillettMichelle Gillett holds an M.F.A. in writing from the Warren Wilson program. In addition to The Backwaters Prize, Michelle has won the Billy Murray Denny Poetry Award, the MacGuffin Poet Hunt, and numerous poetry fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Her work has appeared in Poetry Northwest, Passages North, and many other literary journals. Gillett currently lives in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two daughters.

Books by Michelle Gillett for the Backwaters Press

Blinding the Goldfinches Blinding The Goldfinches by Michelle Gillett

Author: Michelle Gillett
Format: Paperback, 71 pages
ISBN: 0972618791
Published: March 2005

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Awards for Blinding the Goldfinches

The Backwaters Prize, 2003

Critical Praise for Blinding the Goldfinches

What one finds in these poems is the truth. It’s as simple as that. No frills from the workshop, no ostentatious diction or imagery, but only the firm, quiet enterprise of authenticity. In a world increasingly crude, cruel, and repulsive, what could be more pleasing, more useful? Not that these poems shun our actual history. Violence and dislocation are the clearly stated context here. But the accurate vision of a committed imagination prevails, and does so in language as flawless as language can be. I recommend these poems for their wisdom and insight, but even more for their steadfast initiative and independence, their refusal to be fashionable.
Hayden Carruth – Author of Scrabbled Eggs and Whiskey, National Book Award winner


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