Book of Poetry by Heather Sellers Published
Posted October 8, 2002
HOLLAND -- A book of poetry by Dr. Heather Sellers
of the Hope College English faculty has been likened to a
"Drinking Girls and Their Dresses" is being
published by Ahsahta Press of Boise, Idaho, in late
Poet Marianne Boruch has said, "Heather Sellers'
poems take us back--where?--to the first taste of our
whereness, the fresh instant click of yes, that, or no,
absolutely not, it was this and this and this. Be careful.
These poems can be wonderfully dangerous; jumpy, radiant."
Poet Barbara Hamby has noted, "If you love poetry
you can see, smell, taste, hear, and feel, then you will
love the luscious poems in this collection. Heather
Sellers's lines have the cadence of a chant, and there is
some serious voodoo going on here, some magic incantations
about being a girl, a woman, a human being in a scary,
Sellers has been a member of the Hope faculty
since 1995. She was born in Orlando, Fla., and earned her
bachelor's, master's and doctorate at Florida State
University, in 1985, 1988 and 1992 respectively.
Her stories and poems have been published in many
journals and magazines, including "New Stories from the
South," "Five Points," "Alaska Quarterly Review" and "Sonora
Review," and have received numerous awards and honors. She
won an Academy of American Poets Award in 1992.
Sellers was one of only 41 writers nationally to
receive a National Endowment for the Arts grant for 2000-02
to create original work or translate work. The collection
of stories that she completed through the grant, "Georgia
Under Water," was named a finalist in the 2002 "Paterson
Fiction Prize" competition and in 2001 was recognized in the
"Discover Great New Writers" program of Barnes & Noble
Her publications also include "Never Told Me," a
collection of stories. Her first children's book, "Spike
and Cubby: Ice Cream Island Adventure!," is forthcoming
from Henry Holt. She is currently working on a novel, "The
Plain and Simple Truth," a sequel to "Georgia Under Water."
"Drinking Girls and Their Dresses" will be
available in paperback for $12.95. Copies will be available
at the college's Hope-Geneva Bookstore, located on the
ground level of the DeWitt Center, as well as at other area