Kiki Petrosino is the author of three books of poetry: Witch Wife (2017), Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border.
Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Tin House, and Ploughshares. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She directs the creative writing program at the University of Louisville.
Please join us for a reading and book signing celebrating her newest poetry collection.
"Petrosino delights in unsettling the familiar with startling results, whether channeling Anne Sexton or William Blake. Her stylish innovation refashions traditional forms that insist on repetition." --Harryette Mullin
At a literal crossroads in the South, there are two speakers in these poems -- the descendant, who has traveled here to try to find her ancestors in the archives, records, and receipts of their violent and near-unrecorded history, and the ancestors, who are alternately bemused, angry, and tender with their descendant.