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About Judith Sornberger
Judith Sornberger's first poetry collection "Open Heart" (Calyx Books) brings to life her pioneer heritage, her family members, her friendships with women, and her engagement with art. She earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Stunned by how underrepresented the state's women poet were, Sornberger edited the groundbreaking anthology "All My Grandmothers Could Sing: Poems by Nebraska Women" (Free Rein Press), which was listed one of the 150 most important books authored by Nebraskans. Her first teaching job was at the Nebraska State Penitentiary where she taught poetry writing and literature to inmates.
Shanti Arts published Sornberger's book "The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany," a feminist/spiritual/travel memoir with beautiful, color photographs of the art and scenery of northern Italy. She is also the author of five chapbooks, including the award-winning "Wal-Mart Orchid" (Evening Street Press). In 2012, the poet's husband, writer Bruce Barton, died, and Sornberger began writing the poems that will be published in 2018 as "Practicing the World without You" (CavanKerry Press).
Sornberger is recently retired from teaching writing and women's studies courses for 25 years at Mansfield University of Pennsylvnia, where she created the Women's Studies Program. She lives on the side of a mountain outside Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, among bobcats, deer and black bears.
Judith Sornberger frequently offers poetry, journaling, and memoir workshops.
Read a recent essay she wrote on avoidance and writing that was published on the Brevity blog here: https://brevity.wordpress.com/?s=avoidance+and+writing.
Titles By Judith Sornberger
If only we could—can we?—connect to one another and to the world we’ve been given as these poems connect, then “the brief campfire of our laughter” could call others who are...
trying to find their way by knife-glint
through our cities, to create a tribe
and language out of gunshot and graffiti.
—Marjorie Saiser, author of Beside You at the Stoplight (Little Bluestem Award) and Rooms
Sornberger writes with grace and tenderness of the many things that divide us, such as class, gender, and education, and the small things that bring us together. . . of the empathy that is possible in the fragile moments when our lives intersect, even against the depersonalizing backdrop of commercial monoliths like Wal-Mart. —Louise A. Blum, author of Amnesty and You're Not From Around Here, Are You?
In beautifully lyrical language, infused with clarity and insight, Sornberger takes us inside this most American phenomenon, reminding us that we are all connected, perhaps most deeply when we imagine ourselves apart. These are poems the world needs. —Alison Townsend, author of Persephone in America
The speaker patrols a daily life of frustration, conflict, casual hostilities and ever-mounting culpability, but she refuses despair. . . and continue(s) her necessary mission: “to keep seeing what cannot be / and spreading its gospel.”—Gaylord Brewer author of The Martini Diet and Give Over, Graymalkin.