[39] Chirps from the Sparrow, Diane Smith

Little on this planet illuminates the truths, the realities…the mysteries of existence as poetry does. Cactus Cradle, a short documentary airing July 31, 2022, at Grey Sparrow Journal, shares a slice of this poetic landscape. Cactus Cradle poets: Bojan Louis, Diana Marie Delgado, and Sarah Kortemeier, through their writing, prickle the reader with spines of reality, shadows and light…with gravitas. We are deeply honored to introduce Bojan Louis, Diana Marie Delgado, and Sarah Kortemeier with a link to one of their poems as a prelude to the airing of Cactus Cradle, July 31st, 2022 here.    

Bojan Louis (Diné) is the author of the poetry collection Currents (BkMk Press 2017), which received a 2018 American Book Award, and the nonfiction chapbook Troubleshooting Silence in Arizona (The Guillotine Series 2012). He is an assistant professor in the Creative Writing and American Indian Studies programs at the University of Arizona.

Ghazal IV, Bojan Louis

Diana Marie Delgado is the author of the chapbook Late Night Talks with Men I think I Trust (Center for the Book Arts, 2015) and Tracing the Horse (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2019).  A National Endowment for the Arts fellow and recipient of numerous scholarship and grants, she currently resides in Tucson where she is the Literary Director of the Poetry Center at the University of Arizona.  She holds MFA degrees in poetry from both Columbia University and the University of California, Riverside.

“Amiga,” Diana Marie Delgado 

Sarah Kortemeier is a poet and librarian living in Tucson, Arizona. Her debut collection, Ganbatte, won the Felix Pollak Prize in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin Press. She holds an MFA in Poetry and an MA in Library and Information Science, both from The University of Arizona. Her poetry has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Ploughshares, Alaska Quarterly Review, Fairy Tale Review, Sentence, and The Feminist Wire, among others. She currently serves as Library Director at The University of Arizona Poetry Center. 

“The Maiden Without Hands,” Sarah Kortemeier

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