Sheila Cowing

Sheila CowingBorn in rural Connecticut, Sheila Cowing graduated from Barnard College and earned her MFA from Goddard College’s part-time writing program. She was a recipient of the New Jersey Arts Council’s Distinguished Artist Fellowship, a Poets & Writers Reading award, and a Recursos Discovery award. Prior publications include Stronger in the Broken Places, a full-length poetry volume, and award-winning children’s non-fiction. Six years the editor-in-chief of a national literary magazine for children, she has also worked as a freelance writer and editor, a landscaper, a telephone service operator, a personal secretary, a book salesperson, and, perhaps, most difficult, the mother of three daughters. She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she writes, edits and gardens.

Books by Sheila Cowing for the Backwaters Press

Jackrabbit Highways Jackrabbit Highways by Sheila Cowing

Author: Sheila Cowing
Format: Paperback, 81 pages
ISBN: 9781935218036
Published: March 2009

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Critical Praise for Jackrabbit Highways

Jackrabbit Highways offers a soul-scape of migrating cranes and blackbirds, the arrival of new seasons, the vast landscape of memory, and the mysterious landscape of dreams. All are braided together in this spacious collection to offer an inner world that honors the challenges and consolations of nature and also a “longing” that “loves,” above all else, “the very names of words.”
• Leslie Ullman
Author of three collections; Yale Series of Younger Poets Award, Iowa Poetry Prize

These are brave and mature poems, facing divorce and aging even as they revel in the natural world, particularly that of the high desert. The book encompasses the sweep of personal and geographical time from the shift of tectonic plates to neolithic cave painters to the latest visit of a finch to a feeder. Imagination and verve are both praised and embodied in language that is by turns gorgeous and stark and always apt to the observation – whether it be of bees pollinating skunk cabbage or cranes descending to a marsh, to the seductiveness of succumbing to bipolar swings. In her ode to duende and other poems, Cowing asks the reader to “consider that your life needs only longing/to be absorbed in something entire.” This injunction is borne in her poetry, which is rooted in passion and blossoms in imagination.
• Donald Levering
Academy of American Poets 2007 Online Poet and author of Whose Body

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