STRONG VOICE: Ackerson-Kiely’s work is raw, edgy, sometimes lurid, full of an elemental alertness.
UNIQUE BACKGROUND FOR A POET: While Ackerson-Kiely helps run the MFA at Sarah Lawrence, she has also worked as the assistant director at a homeless shelter, as a Vista and Americacorps volunteer, and as a waitress, dishwasher, and gas station attendant.
Advance Praise for Dolefully, A Rampart Stands:
“Ackerson-Kiely interrogate[s] the structures of power that determine which narratives, and which storytellers, have the privilege of an unwavering trust…[she] sketches a landscape in which sexism and economic oppression are indelibly linked…[revealing] the ways that power, censorship, and disbelief are internalized, as they live with us in our most solitary moments, and they circumscribe what is possible within our dreaming.” —Kristina Marie Darling, Kenyon Review
Praise for My Love Is a Dead Arctic Explorer:
“Funny and wild with expertly conceived images…[Ackerson-Kiely’s] poems make the familiar more familiar…and remind us to be absolutely shot through with anxiety and uncertainty and desire.” —Michael Robbins, Chicago Tribune
“Dark, full of nature, and full of life, this collection will snarl its way into your soul.”—Flavorwire
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