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When She Named Fire
An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women
Andrea Hollander Budy, ed.




Autumn House
2008 • 440 pp. 6 x 9"
Poetry Anthologies

$34.95 Paperback, 978-1-932870-26-8



“Overall, this anthology is powerful and provides a great selection of work from essential American female poets. Having seen a number of anthologies of contemporary... [continued in Reviews below]”—Mike Walker, Coal Hill Review

Budy's anthology compiles work from some of the United States' most talented female poets, exploring a wide variety of themes and tones ranging from the darkly passionate to the humorous.

When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women is the first major collection of its kind in a generation. It features 97 of the most exciting poets in America including Kim Addonizio, Natasha Trethewey, Robin Becker, Laure-Anne Bosselaar, Maxine Kumin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Claudia Emerson, Lynn Emanuel, Mary Oliver, Jane Mead, Mary Ruefle, Kay Ryan, and Pattiann Rogers. The collection includes a photograph and a brief biographical sketch of each poet.

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“Overall, this anthology is powerful and provides a great selection of work from essential American female poets. Having seen a number of anthologies of contemporary women writers, I daresay that they are constantly improving insofar as my main concern, which as stated in so many words above, is seeing that a real diversity of topics is represented. I would love to have the poetry about a lady neurosurgeon or helicopter pilot page by page next to poems detailing the experience of the mother or wife. For there are women today who operate on brains, ones who fly aircraft with spinning blades. The present anthology is one of the best to showcase the wealth of diversity women poets in America today present.”—Mike Walker, Coal Hill Review



Born in Berlin, Germany, of American parents, raised in Colorado, Texas, New York, and New Jersey, and educated at Boston University and the University of Colorado, Andrea Hollander (formerly Andrea Hollander Budy) is the author of four full-length poetry collections:Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems (a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award), Woman in the Painting, The Other Life, and House Without a Dreamer (winner of the 1993 Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize). Other honors include a 2013 Oregon Literary Fellowship, the D. H. Lawrence Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and prose memoir, the Runes Poetry Prize, two poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and two from the Arkansas Arts Council. in 2008 she received the Subiaco Award for Literary Excellence in the Writing and Teaching of Poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and college textbooks, including Writing Poems,The Poets' Grimm, and The Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary American Poetry. Her work appears regularly in such literary journals asPoetry, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, New Letters, FIELD, Five Points, Shenandoah, and Creative Nonfiction. For more than 22 years, Hollander served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, which awarded her the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she teaches writing workshops in poetry and the personal essay at both The Attic Institute and Mountain Writers Series.

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