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"Wilderness//Kingdom" With Jory Mickelson

Feb 20, 2020

"Mickelson adds to the ever-more-robust American tradition of queering the wild and natural world. . . Here is a book worthy of every stolen and cherished encounter." -- Keetje Kuipers, author of All Its Charms  

Wilderness//Kingdom

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About the Book:

Winner of the 2019 Evergreen Award Tour Full-Length Competition, Wilderness//Kingdom by Jory Mickelson is a sensual and poetic exploration of the West, the  road, and  the body. Spiritual and pastoral, this award-winning debut is not to be missed.  

"As much as anything, Wilderness // Kingdom is the autobiography of an American imagination, one that is intent on finding its place, and its body’s place, in the world.  Jory Mickelson writes about that quest, and that journey, with such grace, and with such driving hunger, that his poems can (and do) take your breath away."        -- Robert Wrigley, author of Box and Melancholy & Other Poems

"There’s lightness and grace to the language of Jory Mickelson’s poems, born of the sensual and emotional complexity of male relationships and a sense of belonging." -- D.A. Powell, author of Useless Landscape

Jory Mickelson
Credit Jim Ollet

About the Author:

Jory Mickelson is the author of Wilderness//Kingdom (Floating Bridge Press, 2019). His poems have appeared in print and online in AGNI, Jubilat, The Rumpus, Vinyl Poetry, the Mid-American Review, Ninth Letter, and other journals in the US, Canada, and the UK. He was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and has received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation, and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. Originally from Montana, he now lives in Bellingham, Washington.