marlene lopez

Julie Marie Wade is the author of four collections of poetry, including When I Was Straight, and four collections of lyric nonfiction, including Catechism: A Love Story and Wishbone: A Memoir in Fractures .  She has received an Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a grant from the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Memoir.  She teaches in the creative writing program at Florida International University in Miami. Her latest book of poetry, winner of the AROHO To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize is, Six: Poems (Red Hen Press) Why SIX?  Because the collection is comprised of six poems.  And because the perspective in this collection shifts like a kaleidoscope, each image viewable from six possible angles.  And because these poems, like the prevalent hexagons of the natural world—honeycombs, for instance—derive strength from their compression and their accumulation. The speaker in SIX is insistent, scrupulous, and unflinching as she plumbs six essential aspects of human experience that have shaped us all: art, language, desire, vocation, faith, and life-changing love.