a poetry chapbook by
Shannon Connor Winward
“I went into ground for you. I faced the guardians
of the gates of hell.
I gave away my jeweled bracelets
and marched naked to the cat-calls of the dead…”
WINNER of the 2016 Elgin Award for Best Speculative Poetry Chapbook
Science Fiction Poetry Association
Undoing Winter is a debut chapbook by Shannon Connor Winward. A poet and author of fiction and creative non-fiction, Shannon’s work has won the SFPA Poetry Prize, been nominated for a Rhysling award, and appears widely in venues such as Analog, The Pedestal Magazine, Psuedopod, Strange Horizons, Star*Line, Literary Mama, Thank You For Swallowing and PANK. She is also a two-time runner-up for an emerging artist fellowship in literature by the Delaware Division of the Arts. In between writing, parenthood, and other madness, Shannon is also an officer for the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and a poetry editor for Devilfish Review.
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With subjects ranging from romantic love to motherhood, fantasy to history, and death to resurrection, Undoing Winter endeavors to traverse darkness into light.
Reviews for UNDOING WINTER:
“Shannon Connor Winward’s Undoing Winter explores the isolated, and often very cold, landscape of motherhood. Though Winward’s words are like wintry whites and blues–sharp and haunting–her literary brushstrokes paint rather tender shades of sacrifice and heartache. A carefully crafted and evocative read. I will return to these poems again and again, and each time my breath will catch a little at Winward’s brilliance.” ~ Jessica Bell, co-publishing editor of Vine Leaves Literary Journal, and author of Fabric, a semi-finalist in the Goodreads Readers’ Choice Awards 2012: Best Poetry.
“”I don’t know if it’s me casting the spell
or the spell casting me. . .” sings the poet-protagonist to her sons, lovers, therapist, reader, and self. Undoing Winter is about coming out of hibernation. About digging out versus getting dug up. Winward writes with the understanding that life’s meaning “is all in the unfolding.”” —JoAnn Balingit, former Delaware Poet Laureate and author of Words for House Story
“There is love and solace in her work, and levity, but for the most part Winter is an incantation, a purring engine of anger, desire, and loss… ” –– Scott Whitaker, The Broadkill Review