Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Faculty member Paige Riehl’s chapbook, Blood Ties, will be published by Finishing Line Press in summer 2014. It is available for pre-sale now.
Blood Ties poems explore themes of coming-of-age, rural life, and family. Riehl said the poems explore her rural roots in Rosholt, South Dakota, as well as navigate her intricate family ties.
Riehl’s poetry has been published in publications such as Meridian, Potomac Review, South Dakota Review, Nimrod International Journal, and more. She won the 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry, the 2011 Literal Latte Prize for Poetry, and was a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.
Award-winning poet Deborah Keenan, author of Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems, wrote, “It is not so easy to conjure a world in a collection of poems. In Paige Riehl’s remarkable book, readers enter the world she has made for us, and it is a real world that compels our attention and affection. This poet brings her past to life, but these poems do not just do memory work. Yes, the poems reveal a world, but they are sustained by the poet’s wisdom, and deepened by her understanding about what fate and choice have dealt her. Blood Ties is a beautiful collection. Read these poems, and welcome a new and wonderful voice.”
Riehl has been teaching creative writing, literature, and composition classes at Anoka-Ramsey since 2001. She also serves as the chair of the Two Rivers Reading Series Committee, which brings visiting writers to campus each semester.
“I’m so grateful to my fellow writers and friends who have given me invaluable feedback on the poems in this book, and to Susan Solomon, an amazing and talented artist, for reading my poems and creating the painting for the cover of this book,” Riehl said.
Jude Nutter, author of The Curator of Silence and I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman, wrote of Riehl’s work: “Go back there now,” instructs Paige Riehl in “Hometown,” “back before you were / this adult who won’t / return in body” . . . And that’s just what these wonderful poems do. But these are not poems of simplistic nostalgia: these are poems that capture, so beautifully, the yearning and apprehension felt at the cusp of adulthood; that explore the complex blend of sadness and relief that comes with escaping, at least physically, the landscapes of our youth. These poems remind us that such intimate landscapes—both internal and external—create, for better or worse, the very kernel of who we are.”
The book is currently available during a pre-sale at finishinglinepress.com by selecting “Preorder Forthcoming Titles,” Blood Ties. For more information about the author, visit paige.riehl.com.
Anoka-Ramsey Community College English Department Faculty member Paige Riehl’s chapbook, Blood Ties, (cover shown) will be published by Finishing Line Press published in summer 2014 and is available for pre-order today.