Poets Heather Derr-Smith and Amy Woolard will read from their work at New Dominion Bookshop on Dec. 16th at 7PM.
Heather Derr-Smith’s was born in Dallas, Texas in 1971. She spent most of her childhood in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Her latest collection, Thrust, was the winner of the 2016 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Prize from Persea Books. She is the author of three additional books of poetry, Each End of the World(Main Street Rag Press, 2005), The Bride Minaret (University of Akron Press, 2008), and Tongue Screw (Spark Wheel Press, 2016).
Amy Woolard is a writer and legal aid attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center here in Charlottesville. Her poems have appeared in publications such as Boston Review, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, Guernica, & the Best New Poets anthologies, among others, while her essays and articles have appeared in Slate, The Guardian, Pacific Standard, and The Rumpus, as well as Virginia Quarterly Review, which awarded her the Staige D. Blackford Prize for Nonfiction in 2016.
Derr-Smith and Woolard studied poetry writing together as undergraduates at UVA, and then again in the MFA program of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.