Winner of the 2018 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize
judge of the 2018 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize
This is a poet with range–sympathies, anger, tragedy, other people, love, humor. . . . Richards writes unsentimental poems that road-trip through our times and look around at who is with us when we stop to fill up our cars at gas stations, [who] has been with us in offices . . . she reminds us of what the country has gained in consciousness and freedom, . . . what sorrows and suicides we have left necessarily behind, as the bus pulls up at the curb in the don’t-you-get-it-yet years we have been motoring through lately.
Marilee Richards learned poetry from Charles Entrekin and others after she wandered into a workshop put on by the Berkeley, CA Poet’s Co-op in the eighties while working as an adoption interviewer for Alameda County. Richards attended the workshops for several years prior to the organization dissolving and her move to Arizona in 2001. Her poems have been published in many journals, including The Yale Review, The Southern Review, Rattle, Poetry Northwest, The Journal, and The Sun. She is the author of A Common Ancestor (Hip Pocket Press, 2000), and in 2016 she won the William Matthews Poetry Prize.