Poetry. The twenty-three prose poems of HANDS-ON SAINTS create a revisionist hagiography. A chalice crafted of lesser metals, a taste of redemption in an unlikely mixture of sacred and profane. Saints outside the canon, unbeatified and bruised, coarse and clueless, deserving of heaven for their very flaws; as well as authorized saints, who offer dubious rewards at a terrible cost. An occasion of grace manifest in sacraments of rupture and awe.
Holly Iglesias is the winner of the 2008 Kore Press First Book Award. She is a poet and translator of Spanish whose work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, The Prose Poem, Arts & Letters, Barrow Street, Margie, Crab Orchard Review, Massachusetts Review, and Spoon River Poetry Review. She has been awarded fellowships by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the Edward Albee Foundation. She is the author of two chapbooks, Hands-On Saints and Good Long Enough, winner of Thorngate Road's Frank O'Hara Prize. A critical work, BOXING INSIDE THE BOX: WOMEN'S PROSE POETRY, was published by Quale Press. She teaches at University of North Carolina-Asheville and at Warren Wilson College.Author City: ASHEVILLE, NC USA