Under The Influence of Blackbirds


“Sharon Van Sluys is obsessed with the ‘things’ of this world, but she also has a way of ‘breaking free,’ and it is that breaking free that her poetry consists of. She says it’s ‘a real small something, almost / nothing almost,’ but that ‘nothing’ constitutes a serious, concerned, and lovely poetry, which I have had the pleasure of reading, and urge you to read.” –Gerald Stern, author of Leaving Another Kingdom: Selected Poems

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Sharon Van Sluys was born in rural eastern Wisconsin. She attended Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Van Sluys has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was the 1991-92 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship recipient, which allowed her to travel throughout Europe, Ireland, and England.


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