Katrina Vandenberg is the author of two books of poems, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World and Atlas, and co-author of the chapbook On Marriage. Her poetry and nonfiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, The Southern Review, The American Scholar, Post Road, Poets and Writers, and other magazines. She has received fellowships from the McKnight, Bush, and Fulbright Foundations; been a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference; and held residencies at the Amy Clampitt House, the Poetry Center of Chicago, and the MacDowell Colony. She is the poetry editor of Water~Stone Review and a professor in The Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Gnarled sweet potatoes, tips curling like the feet of witches. Hubbard squashes, big enough to sit on, warty, blue. Mushrooms flaring their gills. Back in July, the tomatoes and corn the Continue reading
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I mostly keep it bottled away, this three-year period of my life in which I obsessively sucked on breath mints, learned how to remove the smell of rancid almond oil from Continue reading
WHEN I RETURNED to the United States after living for a year in the Netherlands, I returned to a gloriously foreign country in Lawrence, Kansas. The slant of light felt exceptionally Continue reading
It is raining again this morning, and I am remembering it rained then, too, the summer morning things almost came to be. We lay crosswise on the bed. The curtains grazed Continue reading
I haven’t told you yet how haunted I felt when I saw the Harkin store. It stands alone, its wide porch overlooking the Minnesota River, on a deserted stretch of county Continue reading
It’s not your mama’s activism: at noon EST, December 17, 2007, hundreds of young people from all over the U.S. and as far away as Norway, Australia, and Peru simultaneously uploaded Continue reading