Poetry. Winner of the Library of Virginia 2014 Poetry Award. "In THE INVENTED CHILD, Margaret Mackinnon can say of a tiny child's appearance in a fairy tale 'the air shimmers as this miracle unfurls' and be speaking also of the way her poems appear on the page. Whether in celebration or grief, she presents poem after poem alert to history and family—poems that unfold with equal felicity to the heart's 'infinite and intricate discernments' and the lucidity of a mind alive to the world's stories."—Gregory Orr
"Margaret Mackinnon is a compelling voice in American poetry. Her debut collection, THE INVENTED CHILD, is a beautifully poised between reticence and candor. Frequently inspired by visual art, she writes lovingly of her parents, her husband, her child, but also of Sophia Hawthorne and Walt Whitman and Grant Wood, reminding us of the 'sweet amplitude' of life. These are splendid poems of feeling that look far beyond the self to the miraculous other. Brava!"—Kelly Cherry
Margaret Mackinnon is the author of The Invented Child, winner of the Gerald Cable Book Award and the 2014 Literary Award in Poetry from the Library of Virginia. A chapbook, Naming the Natural World, was published by The Sow's Ear Poetry Review in 2018. She attended Vassar College and the University of North Carolina and completed the graduate program in creative writing at the University of Florida. Her work has appeared in many journals, including Poetry, Image, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Blackbird. She leads writing workshops in Richmond, Virginia, where she lives with her family.
Author City: FALLS CHURCH, VA USA