Kiki Petrosino is one of 35 poets who will receive an FY 2019 Creative Writing Fellowship. Through its Creative Writing Fellowships, the Arts Endowment gives writers the time and space needed to create. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
In recognition of artistic excellence, Kiki Petrosino is also the recipient of an Al Smith Fellowship Award from the Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, which is supported by state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Now Available: New Poetry by Kiki Petrosino
The poems of Witch Wife are spells, obsessive incantations to exorcise or celebrate memory, to mourn the beloved dead, to conjure children or keep them at bay, to faithfully inhabit one's given body. They are also concerned with dismantling received ideas about contemporary American womanhood. What does it mean to be a wife or mother who feels ambivalent about motherhood? How are these roles further complicated for women of color in the United States? In sestinas, villanelles, hallucinogenic prose poems, and free verse, Kiki Petrosino summons history's ghosts—the ancestors that reside in her blood and craft—and sings them to life.