Sarah McKinstry-Brown's "This Bright Darkness" Available for Pre-Order

Sarah McKinstry-Brown's "This Bright Darkness" Available for Pre-Order

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Sarah McKinstry-Brown’s new book, This Bright Darkness, is now available for pre-order and is due out January 2019 from Black Lawrence Press.  McKinstry-Brown started writing the book during her residency at KHN in 2012.

Book description:

This Bright Darkness (Black Lawrence Press, 2019) explores the complexities of the mother-daughter relationship by retelling the myth of the Rape of Persephone. Though the book is rooted in a well-known myth, it moves back and forth between modern and ancient times, using many voices (Demeter, Persephone, Newscasters, Searchers, Grandmothers) to explore that myth and ask the question: How does a woman stay alive (spiritually, emotionally, physically) in a world where the fact of her body makes her vulnerable to acts of violence?

"These poems are shaped by my experiences as a mother of young girls. Watching my two small daughters slowly become young women informed the writing of these poems, as did my husband’s work for a video crew that covers national news in the Midwest. His work gave me insight into cases of abduction, rape, and murder; his close-proximity to these horrors coupled with my own experiences as a mother of girls, continually pushed me to consider all the ways our girls collectively disappear or are taken from us, literally and figuratively." (Sarah McKinstry-Brown)

Sarah's bio:

Sarah McKinstry-Brown is the author of Cradling Monsoons (Blue Light Press, 2010) and This Bright Darkness (Black Lawrence Press, 2019). Born and raised in Albuquerque, Sarah is the recipient of a Tennessee Williams Scholarship in Poetry from the Sewanee Writers' Conference, two Nebraska Book Awards, and an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems appear in RATTLE, Ruminate, Smartish Pace, Sugar House Review, West Virginia’s Standardized tests, and elsewhere.   An editorial board member for Spark Wheel Press, Sarah is the proud founder, curator, and host of feedback at KANEKO, an interactive literary reading series. She lives in Omaha with the poet Matt Mason and their two beautiful, feisty daughters. To learn more about Sarah go to