Julie Gard and her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees, met their daughter in a Russian orphanage, adopted her as a nine-year-old, and moved as a family to a small town in North Dakota where a neighbor tried to burn their house down. Julie will share poems about parenting in a context of intergenerational trauma, living in the small-town Midwest as a lesbian couple, surviving a hate crime, and thriving as a chosen family. A Q&A session and book-signing will follow.
Julie Gard’s publications include Home Studies (New Rivers Press) and two chapbooks. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, and Blackbox Manifold, and she is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. Julie lives in Duluth, Minnesota with her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees, and teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior. She is online at http://juliegard.com