“The best poems change all the while,” says Brenda Sieczkowski in this recording for our Poetry in Pajamas series. And she provides an example in the work of Kathryn Cowles, who, Sieczkowski says, has influenced her as a poet and a person. Cowles, a Provo native who studied at the University of Utah (B.A., M.A., Ph.D.), now teaches English at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the Finger Lakes region of New York. Sieczkowski will read from Cowles’ 2o2o collection Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World (Milkweed Editions). She also reads from her own collection, Like Oysters Observing the Sun, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2014.
Sieczkowski is an assistant professor of English at Salt Lake Community College teaching courses in composition, creative writing, and book arts/publication studies. Her poems and award-winning creative essays have appeared widely in print and on-line journals, including The Colorado Review, The New England Review, Calyx, Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, Diagram, The Florida Review, Bone Bouquet, The Seneca Review, Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, and Subtropics among others. She has published two chapbooks, Wonder Girl in Monster Land (dancing girl press) and Fallout & Flotation Devices (Little Red Leaves Textile Series).
Running annually during the month of April, Poets in Pajamas invites Utah poets to read from their own work and the work of a poet they admire.