Aimée Sands was the June, 2015 Massachusetts Poet in the Spotlight. She is a MacDowell Colony Fellow and the author of The Green-go Turn of Telling (Salmon Poetry, 2012.) Poet Bruce Weigl praised this first collection of her poems, writing that “The elegant wedding of fresh intellect and lyric bravado distinguish Aimee Sands' new poems from much of our recent American poetry.” Aimée’s work has appeared in FIELD, Poet Lore, Beloit Poetry Journal, Salamander, Measure and other literary journals. She holds an MFA from Bennington College, and has co-directed the Brookline Poetry Series since 2001. She is also the producer/director of the independent documentary What Makes Me White? and has won numerous awards, including an Emmy, for her television and radio productions. She teaches at Bentley University and Suffolk University.
I came to poetry late, after many years in public broadcasting, which is to say, after long silence. The poet/teachers at the William Joiner Center Summer Writers’ Worshop – especially Eva Bourke and Fred Marchant – nurtured me to speech. After Bennington, Bruce Weigl and Lucie Brock-Broido taught me about shape, sound, tension, and trust in poetic line and diction. I’m beginning to grasp what poetry is: that combination of untrammeled expression and keen discipline that, when you’re lucky, produces a good poem.