Albuquerque poet Jules Nyquist launches her new poetry book, Homesick, a collaboration between Beatlick Press & Jules' Poetry Playhouse Publications, at Bookworks! Come support local poetry, publishing, and bookselling.
Watch the book trailer here.
"Jules Nyquist lived and wrote these poems out of loss, sweet memory, noticing the details and observing the arc of her own life: from relatives who have all but disappeared into a past of secrets and misinformation to what remains after both her parents are gone. There are moments of great poignancy, like when neither her feet nor those of her dead brother touch the floor. And family photos that provide connective tissue to the poetry of a family just like yours and yet entirely unique. A book to cherish, read and reread."--Margaret Randall, author of She Becomes Time and The Morning After: Poetry & Prose in a Post-Truth World.
"Homesick, then is a poetic tribute to the power of place, ancestry, secrets and the ferocious love of family that mark a life lived fully. Jules Nyquist provides a generous feast of language and photography that bears witness to her grandmother’s murder ‘invisible (until she found me)’, the daily details of her parent’s long love and aging/deaths (ICU warmed blankets, scooters) and her own soul’s journey across the country and through love and rupture, anchored in the color red, pots of cut flowers, piano scores. This is a narrative both specific and universal: the story of a girl who wants to break with convention, a woman who loves nature in a technological age, of dream tortoises who expose lost graves and of underwater conversations with the dead. Memories and secrets are born new, held in the bright light of this book, this offering."--Tina Carlson, author of Ground, Wind, This Body
Jules Nyquist earned her MFA in Writing & Literature (Poetry) from Bennington College in Vermont, in January of 2007. She took a B.A. in Creative Writing from from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. Jules experiments with sound and form and continues to write poetry on the page and for performance. She founded Jules' Poetry Playhouse in Albuquerque, NM in 2012, where she hosts visiting poets and conducts workshops and classes on poetry, creative writing and the creative process. Jules also has individual writing coach sessions by phone and in person and is a Lead Enrollment Counselor for the School of Education at Capella University where she helps k-12 and higher education students counseling them for their doctoral programs in education.
Her two books of poems, Behind the Volcanoes and Appetites (Beatlick Press), were finalists for the NM/AZ Book Awards in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Jules’ poems have appeared in 5 AM, Salamander, Malpais Review, Adobe Walls, St. Paul Almanac, Long Islander News, Gray Sparrow, House Organ, Duke City Fix, Café Review and others. She is co-editor of the Poets Speak anthology series with John Roche and edited the volume 2 Hers series in 2017. A native Minnesotan, Jules lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.