Of Arc by Kierstin Bridger

Califragile is such a cool online lit mag!

Stepping across the threshold
I take a long, smoky pull
from the August dark,
try to memorize dirt and water
all that holds me on this blue orb
every boy I met at midnight
every car I pushed down the road
revved like thunder
leaned into bend and turn
to escape the rearview
bridges snapping
rope and board
peripheral flickers of constellation
bigger than the small grip of control
it took to shut out the lights
lock the door,
secure the privacy settings.

In this brittle haze of nostalgia
I remember another mad man is in charge
but this time I have a child asleep
while I secret this drag.
my curated walls are enflamed
my zip code could be nuked
just like that it could be gone.
I have to take off my specks—
what you do before a fight–
My opponent will blur
the way they did…

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Demimonde wins Willa Award!



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Greenwood Village, CO 80112-1436




Doris Baker, WILLA Chair/WWW Past President

Email: Doris@FilterPressBooks.com





August 24, 2017


Women Writing the West Announces

2017 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists


(Denver, Colorado) – Women Writing the West (WWW) is proud to announce the 2017 WILLA Literary Award Winners and Finalists, representing the best of 2016 published literature for women’s or girl’s stories set in the American West. WWW is the underwriter and annual presenter of this nationally recognized award.

Chosen by professional librarians, historians, and university affiliated educators, the winning authors and their books will be honored in Tucson, Arizona, October 26-28, 2017, during the 23rd Annual Conference.

The 2017 honorees in seven categories are listed with the designation of Winner or Finalist in each category.








WINNER: Piano Tide by Kathleen Dean Moore (Counterpoint Press)


FINALIST: The Burning Hour by Jessica Barksdale Inclan (Urban Farmhouse Press)


FINALIST: Hidden Star Corinne Joy Brown (Friesen Press)




WINNER: Basque Moon by Julie Weston (Five Star Publishing)


FINALIST: Eliza Waite by Ashley Sweeney (She Writes Press)


FINALIST: Maggie’s Blanket by Kimberly D. Schmidt (University of New Mexico Press)

FINALIST:  Mercer Girls by Libbie Hawker (Lake Union Publishing)





WINNER:  Beloved Over All by Irene Sandell (Double Mountain Press)


FINALIST: The Road We Traveled by Jane Kirkpatrick (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)


FINALIST: The Canyon House by Janice Gilbertson (Pen-L Publishing)




WINNER: Fast into the Night by Debbie Moderow (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)


FINALIST: Seasons Silently Waiting by Eileen Mayer Thiel (self-published)


FINALIST: Wilderness Fever by Linda Preston McKinstry (High Plains Press)






WINNER:  Soap Suds Row by Jennifer J. Lawrence (High Plains Press)


FINALIST: Queen of the Heartbreak Trail by Eleanor Phillips Brackbill (Rowan & Littlefield)


FINALIST: Finding Dorothy Scott by Sarah Byrn Rickman (Texas Tech University Press)





WINNER: Demimonde by Kierstin Bridger (Lithic Press)


FINALIST: Quiet, Except for the Wind by Carolyn Dufurrena (Quinn River Press)


FINALIST: Burning in this Midnight Dream by Louise Bernice Halfe (Coteau Books)





WINNER:  Soldier Sister, Fly Home by Nancy Bo Flood (Charlesbridge Publishing)


FINALIST Turn of the Tide by Rosanne Parry (Random House Children’s Books)


FINALIST: Sweet Home Alaska by Carole Estby Dagg (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin Random House)



Books published in 2017 will be honored in the 2018 WILLA Literary Awards. The entry period opens December 1, 2017. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2018.

WWW is a non-profit organization of writers and other literature-oriented professionals, writing and promoting the Women’s West. Membership is open to all persons worldwide.

For more information about the WILLA Awards, Women Writing the West, or the 23rd Annual Conference, please contact Alice Trego, WWW Administrator, P.O. Box 726, Jordan, UT 84084 (www2Trego@gmail.com) or visit our website at WomenWrtitingtheWest.org.  



Women Writing the West is a Colorado non-profit corporation and is tax exempt pursuant to IRC 501 (c)3). Contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. (Federal ID# 84-1207060). Women Writing the West is registered as a charitable organization by the Colorado Secretary of State. (Approved Charitable Solicitations Filing #: 20153037447)


2017 Ah Ha Class In Telluride I’ll teach on February 21st

Writing through the Layers

Tuesdays | 6:00 – 8:00pm | $150
February 7 – 28
Writing & Book Arts

Writing Through the Layers with Amy Irvine, Kierstin Bridger, Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer and Ellen Metrick

Join Telluride’s time-honored tradition of baring it all, but in this class, it begins with words. Whether it’s poetry or prose, participants will explore their most essential selves through a series of writings that reveal, progressively, a little more of who they are. Classes run for four weeks, and include instruction in writing and performance reading. Both men and women are warmly welcomed.


New book!! All Ember


Pre-Order to receive by Dec 25th

First Published: November 2016
110 pages
ISBN: 978-1-988214-10-8

In lyric work that spans from the oil fields of Colorado to the hollers of Kentucky, Bridger’s All Ember pulls us through the burning embers of life itself. In these poems forests and bodies sing the rhythms and offer up the vistas that life affords us all. It is a gritty and truthful ode about roots that dig deep into the earth itself.

NOTE: This title is in Pre-order and Will Ship on or before December 15 to ensure delivery by December 25.

Praise for All Ember:

\”There is the map of who we are, and there’s another of whom we are supposed to be. But cartography is not taught to girls. So we take the wheel, hit the gas, and careen blindly past signs along the way: Slippery When Wet. Narrow Shoulder. Dead End. Suddenly we are women, unable to read the language of our own bodies, hear the tympani of our own hearts. In All Ember, Kierstin Bridger charts the course by dropping not breadcrumbs (we know how that one turned out), but hot, glowing coals. This elegant and gritty collection defies the three-part journey of the elevated, armored hero—bowing instead to daughters deep in moist forest duff, a way toward love that is not sailed, but crawled.\\\”

~ Amy Irvine author of Trespass winner of the Orion Book Award and the Colorado Book Award

“Bridger, crafts for us a world that is filled with the memory of youth and its long reach into adulthood. These poems are crafted by a mother, a daughter, a woman whose vision is of the interwoven, the profound, the sacred, and the impure. These poems take us from Kentucky to Colorado, from oil field to basketball court, from savory to sweet. She does what all great poets do, she moves her readers through fire, aching and fear toward healing. All Ember is, at its core, a series of odes to the body; Bridger, brings the feminine, the feminist and the female into a brilliant and inexhaustible light. Her sensory gifts are on full display in every poem; coupled with her brilliant ear, the succinct and subtle tones of these poems are unique and universal.”

– aaron a. abeyta winner of the American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award for Colcha

:Gorgeous, erudite and honest and… buxom. Electric with life really.” -Lisa Allen Ortiz Author of Guide to The Exhibit Winner of the Perguia Press Award

“My feeling about Kierstin has been, from the first, that in being unafraid to speak the truth for and about herself, she has grown into a poet who is able, as real poets must, to speak for all of the rest of us as well.”

– David St. John author of New and Selected Poems nominated for the National book Award
About the Author:

Kierstin Bridger is a Colorado writer and author of Demimonde (Lithic Press 2016). Winner of the Mark Fischer Poetry Prize, the 2015 ACC Writer’s Studio award, an Anne LaBastille Poetry residency and short-listed for the Manchester Poetry Competition in the UK, Bridger is editor of Ridgway Alley Poems and Co-Director of Open Bard Poetry Series. She earned her MFA at Pacific University.

Lithic October Tour

DemimondeWebsiteLITHIC TOUR with Jennifer Hanncock, Kierstin Bridger Juan Morales and Frank Cooons!

3 Colorado stops! The band is back together, baby!

Pueblo 10/14/16

Boulder –Innisfree 10/15/16

Colorado Springs–10/17/16


Salida with Kit Hedman 10/17/16 6:30 PM