I will not kick my friends, by Kathleen Winter
I WILL NOT KICK MY FRIENDS by Kathleen Winter is one of the winners of the 17th Annual Elixir Press Poetry Awards. Contest judge, Jane Satterfield, had this to say about I WILL NOT KICK MY FRIENDS: "Sparkling, satirical, and highly referential, Winter's poems offer deep rewards. They consistently resist scholarly insularity, and the overall effect is a refreshingly choral, intoxicating verse." Bob Hicok said this: "Kathleen Winter is unusually attuned to the intersection of the imagined and the common place. She weaves her loves — personal, artistic, intellectual — into her daily life, making this a book of passionate intimacies. Kathleen's attitude — her appetite — is made clear by her vision of Eve in the poem, 'Noir' — 'He offered me the apple — / what could I do?' This is a wonderful book." .
Kathleen Winter was born in McAllen, Texas. Her poems have appeared in AGNI, The New Republic, Field, The Cincinnati Review and other journals. Her awards include fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Virginia G. Piper Center, and the Prague Summer Program. She is a graduate of the University of Texas, Austin; Boston College; the University of California, Davis, School of Law; and Arizona State University. Winter lives with her husband in Sonoma County, California, and teaches writing at the University of San Francisco.