Pokey Mama’s alter ego is the perennial late bloomer, Amy Dryansky. I’m the married mother of two children, now 14 and 11. In addition to my work as a poet, I earn a living working for a regional land trust and through various teaching gigs.
I have two poetry collections (How I Got Lost So Close to Home & Grass Whistle) and individual poems have been published in a variety of journals and anthologies. I’ve also been fortunate to get fellowships/residencies to the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, Villa Montalvo and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference (all pre-kids, of course).
After my kids were born and I was wandering around in a daze, I was able to spend a year as an Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center. My research project was to look at the impact of motherhood on women poets, i.e., think about why I couldn’t write anymore. It was a lifesaver, and not just because I got to be alone a few hours a week in my tiny, clean, empty office.
I’m also working on some other projects, including this here blog. I’m writing Pokey Mama for me, but also for the many, many women out there struggling to wrap their minds around their reality as artist AND…
This is for you. I hope it helps.