Poetry. SWEET HERBACEOUS MIRACLE won the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry, selected by the renowned poet and editor Enid Shomer. Berwyn Moore not only observes myriad botanical wonders of nature, but she unlocks their significance for human self-understanding. Shomer writes in her foreword to the book, "Moore is an accomplished poet with striking verbal facility whose poems offer the usual pleasures of language that poetry provides. But how she perceives the world, her sensibility, is another attraction for her readers... On a basic level, she demonstrates a way to be in the world." Poet Naomi Shihab Nye calls the book "absolutely gorgeous writing," and poet Alan Michael Parker writes, "Elizabethan elegance, light, and fire-crack pervade this terrific collection."
Berwyn Moore is the author of two previous poetry collections, O Body Swayed and Dissolution of Ghosts. As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Erie County, Pennsylvania, she edited the anthology, Dwelling in Possibility: Voices of Erie County. Her poetry has appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, Shenandoah, and JAMA, and she has won awards from Bellevue Literary Review, The Pinch, Margie, Nimrod, Sow's Ear Poetry Review, New Millennium, Briar Cliff Review, Negative Capability Press, and Five Points. She has worked as a reporter, a freelance writer, and a respiratory therapist. Currently professor of English at Gannon University, she lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Robert.Author City: ERIE, PA USA