Catching Up with Donna Vorreyer

Where can we read some of your recent work?

Thank you for asking! Poems from my third book, which will be published by Sundress Publications in 2020, have started to appear. These poems were difficult to write and therefore quite dear to me, and I’m happy to have had them find homes. One was recently featured here in Tinderbox, and others have appeared in Border Crossing, Ithaca Lit, Heron Tree, and Longleaf Review, among others.

What are you reading right now?

I have been reading fiction again, which is usually difficult for me during the busy school year. I was floored by Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers and also really enjoyed the quirky family dynamics of Mostly Dead Things by Kristen Arnett.  In poetry, one of my favorite recent books has been Molly Spencer’s If the House, which I review elsewhere in this issue, and I am relishing the image-rich and other-worldly poems of Paige Lewis’s SpaceStruck. In addition, I have done multiple readings of Rachel Zucker’s astounding SoundMachine, which is at turns expansive, vulnerable, searing, and introspective.  I am also very much looking forward to both Victoria Chang’s Obit and Eduardo Corral’s Guillotine.

What’s next for you?

My third book (I can hardly believe I’m typing that!), tentatively titled Somewhere Between Sweet and Grief, will be released by Sundress in late 2020, so I am ready to dig into edits and make it the best book it can be. I am enjoying my last year of teaching – after 36 years in public education, I will be retiring in June, so I hope to be able to tour to read from the new book in the winter of 2020. And I’m attending San Antonio’s AWP for the first time in three years, so I am looking forward to seeing my writing people. I am currently working on a series of poems/prose poems that address the fitness/weight loss world and women’s bodies through the lens of fairy tale and fantasy tropes. (Two have appeared in Menacing Hedge and one in Sinking City Review.) I’m not sure how many of these will develop – maybe a chapbook? Who knows?

Books at Sundress:

Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story

A House of Many Windows

Recent Chapbooks:

The Girl (Porkbelly Press)

Encantado (illustrated by Matt Kish) (Red Bird Chapbooks)


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Donna Vorreyer

Donna Vorreyer is the author of Every Love Story is an Apocalypse Story (2016) and A House of Many Windows (2013), both from Sundress Publications. Her poems and reviews have appeared in Rhino, Tinderbox Poetry, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Waxwing, and many other journals. Her third full-length collection is forthcoming in 2020 from Sundress.

Read more of Donna in this issue here.