Poetry. "Out here, a shutter tries its luck on the wind. The sun's / bleached linen, dilute liquor, dry sourdough, color of / nothing. When the wheat fails the houses / come undone." Sure-footed, lyrical, and unsentimental, the poems of Melissa Mylchreest's collection WAKING THE BONES are informed by her work in Montana as a freelance journalist and her background in environmental science. Yet, despite the heartbreak and failures that have haunted this part of the west since the arrival of the "nih'óó3oo," an Arapaho word meaning both "spider" and "white man," the poet is acutely attentive to the great beauty amid whose wild contours she lives: "Yesterday, the cranes gathered / the evening beneath their wings / and rode over the valley, / the string of them like the body / of a snake, their going an old / and holy thing."
Melissa Mylchreest was born in Simsbury, Connecticut, and moved to Montana in 2006. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana, as well as an MS in Environmental Studies. In addition to the Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize from Bear Star, she has received the 2012 Merriam-Frontier Award for writing, a 2008 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize for Poetry, the Obsidian Prize for Poetry in both 2011 and 2012 from High Desert Journal, and a residency at the Hall Farm Arts Center. She lives in Missoula.Author City: MISSOULA, MT USA