Poetry. Andrea Moorhead's poems are rooted in the rugged landscapes of James Bay, the American West, and the North Atlantic coast. Language becomes a stone carver's chisel, a transformative tool that allows the voice of the stone to speak, to reflect, to participate in the artisan's exploration of the spiritual world. The often-violent natural forces that shape the North American landscape—wind, fire, rain, and snow—are the context for the poet's meditations. From time to time, the poet must withdraw to the hermitage and live in calm simplicity, communicating only with the land. Working the land, listening and observing its changing states, one comes to understand the carver's dream—the hope of freeing the voice of the Earth by creating a spiritual vessel that moves between the human and the natural worlds. Moorhead's poems invite us to listen to the many voices of the Earth as they sing and howl and rage across the North American continent.
Andrea Moorhead, born in Buffalo, New York, lived there until 1962 when the family moved to the New York metropolitan area. She studied philosophy and French at Chatham University and continued her study of the piano. She moved to upstate New York with her husband Robert, where, in 1972, they founded the international poetry journal Osiris, one of the first journals in the United States to publish poems in foreign languages. Moorhead then taught French and Latin at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts, retiring in 2014. Her early personal geography included the beaches of Lake Erie, the Muskoka Region north of Toronto, and, above all, the Niagara River, the beauty of its shores and the impact of petro-chemical installations on the environment. At an early age, Moorhead developed a keen sense of place, which would later play a significant role in her writing. She writes both in English and in French. Her most recent collections are The Carver's Dream (Red Dragonfly Press, Minnesota) and À l'ombre de ta voix (Le Noroît, Montréal). Her translations of Francophone poetry include the work of Madeleine Gagnon, Élise Turcotte, Hélène Dorion, and Marie-Christine Masset. Visual poetry is a special love; her photos appear in the publications of Edizioni Anterem in Italy and in numerous international literary journals, including Ce qui reste (France), Possibles (Québec), and The January Review (Philippines).