Poetry. IN THE CARNIVAL OF BREATHING is home to eighteen lyrical poems in which land & flesh, water & lung, hope & duress converge. Here lives a narrator at once lake & lake-less, blamed & innocent, asleep & swimming. Angered, terrified, and wrecked not just by the ephemeral nature of love and breath but by her everyday—her progeny, herself—she attempts (or pretends) to make sense of life's transitions wherein laughter is darkness and lightness the heaviest loss.
Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of TETHER (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award, and IN THE CARNIVAL OF BREATHING (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition. Her poems have been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, a Rona Jaffe scholarship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and an Academy of American Poets Levis Prize, chosen by Dana Levin. Recent poetry appears in AGNI, Blackbird, The Los Angeles Review, The Missouri Review, Narrative, and Pleiades. Recent prose appears in Black Warrior Review, Brevity, The Cincinnati Review, Passages North, and Prairie Schooner. She is an Assistant Professor of Poetry & Creative Nonfiction in the Writer's Workshop at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, where she coordinates the WRWS Reading Series and advises the student-run literary journal 13th Floor.Author City: OMAHA, NE USA