Heather Cousins is the winner of the 2009 Kore Press First Book Award. She received a a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College in 2001, an MA in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and a PhD in Creative Writing, in Spring 2009 from the University of Georgia. She was a Finalist for The Yalobusha Review Yellowwood Poetry Prize in 2009.
Of Cousins’ book Something in the the Potato Room, Patricia Smith says:
“Sparse and stunning, an addictive cinema unwinds with a lyrical and dramatic certainty. I am committed to its sound, its unerring craft and, above all, a story I just can’t shake. I’d like to thank this poet for twisting my perspective and shoving me outside my comfort zone, for showing me how poems can enter the body and take root.”
Excerpt from Something in the Potato Room:
Underneath the quilt, a red vine
was growing. Slithering.
Crawling up his arm. Sneaky-
snake. Leaky ache. Should I
bring down the shears? The
trimming blades? Or was it
the sort of weed that needed
to be uprooted—dug out, its
white heart held in my palm?