Pokey Mama’s alter ego is the perennial late bloomer, Amy Dryansky. I’m the married mother of two children, now 19 and 16. In addition to my work as a poet, I work at Hampshire College.
My second book, Grass Whistle (Salmon Poetry, Ireland) received the 2014 Massachusetts Book Award for poetry. My first, How I Got Lost So Close to Home, won the New England/New York Award from Alice James. My work is included in several anthologies and individual poems appear in a variety of journals, including Barrow Street, Harvard Review, New England Review, Memorious, Orion and The Women’s Review of Books.
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.