Forthcoming from Milkweed Editions: November 9, 2021.
Arra Lynn Ross is the author of Day of the Child and Seedlip and Sweet Apple, both published with Milkweed Editions. Poems and essays have appeared in Conjunctions, Bennington Review, Passages North, Fourth Genre, River Teeth, Denver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, the Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, Cave Wall, Antioch Review, and Birmingham Poetry Review, along with being featured on Academy of American Poets Poem-of-the-Day and Verse Daily. Born on a rural commune in Minnesota, she attended Macalester College, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D), and now teaches creative writing at Saginaw Valley State University in Saginaw, Michigan, where she runs the Voices in the Valley Reading Series. Along with her husband and son, she lives in an old house on the Pine River.
Photo credit: Anna Swartz
I’m interested in long exposures. I’ve written a verse-novel, a book-length poem about the creation of a child, and long-form essays that interlace many things, including Mary Magdalene, spiral flowers, Emily Dickinson, the dictionary, Iron-age labyrinths, Bronze-age rock carvings, and generational traumas.
I occasionally work in the realm of the puppet because it is a space where suspension of disbelief creates an ecstatic experience of paradox.
I teach as Professor of English/Creative Writing at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan. Classes include Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, Seminars in the Writing Life, the Long Poem, Immersion Nonfiction, Collaborative Techniques, and the Art of the Puppet.