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About the Book
UNDERSHORE is the winner of the 2021 Lightscatter Press Prize, chosen by Diana Khoi Nguyen. Alive with formal daring, the poems in this debut collection examine the speaker’s ongoing grief following the loss of her mother. The book engages the botanical world, shorelines, desire, intimacy, and grief, all to reveal the unexpected and inevitable way these concerns bleed into one another through language’s alchemy.
About the Author
Kelly Hoffer is a poet and book artist. Her poetry was recognized as a finalist for the National Poetry Series in both 2020 and 2021. She has taught literature and creative writing classes at Cornell University, Victoria University, and the University of Iowa. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and she is currently a doctoral candidate in Literatures in English at Cornell University. She will join the faculty of the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan in the fall of 2023. UNDERSHORE is her first book of poems.