09/02/2021 - 6:30pm
Derek Sheffield's Not for Luck, winner of the Wheelbarrow Books poetry prize, is a testament to the beauty, grace, and resilience that lives at the heart of a father’s relationship with his daughters, a relationship that is rooted in an ecology of place and time. Sheffield's poems honor the many interconnections we are as part of the living systems of this, our only Earth. Jack Johnson's The Way We Came In is a generational journey steeped in familial love, celebrating intimacies, where those gone before linger and keep speaking. "A wise and wistful pleasure," says Kathleen Flenniken. "Johnson unearths the decency of people, from river rock to blue sky," says Kevin Miller. Derek Sheffield’s collection Not for Luck was selected by Mark Doty for the Wheelbarrow Books Poetry Prize. His other books include Through the Second Skin, finalist for the Washington State Book Award, Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, and Cascadia: A Field Guide through Art, Ecology, and Poetry, which will be published in the spring of 2022. When he isn’t editing poetry for Terrain.org, Sheffield can often be found in the woods along the eastern slopes of the Cascade Range in Washington. Jack Johnson, author of lauded The Way We Came In, grew up in Peshastin, WA and teaches English and Philosophy at Wenatchee Valley College. The open field where he and his wife built a small home and began planting trees has become, 40 years along, their dream home in the woods.