Discipline: Literature – poetry

Flower Conroy

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: New Orleans, LA
MacDowell fellowships: 2021

LGBTQ+ writer, NEA Fellow, former Key West Poet Laureate and assemblage artist, Flower Conroy’s first full-length manuscript, Snake Breaking Medusa Disorder was chosen by Chen Chen as the winner of the Stevens Manuscript Competition; her second collection, A Sentimental Hairpin is forthcoming from Tolsun Books. She has authored the chapbooks Escape to Nowhere, The Awful Suicidal Swans, and Facts About Snakes & Hearts, and has collaborated on the chapbook And Haunt the World with the poet Donna Spruijt-Metz — work which mines Emily Dickinson’s poems’ last lines as titles in order to explore the speaker(s) relationship, in this present world, with a spiritual “YOU” (forthcoming from Ghost City Press). The prompt has proved fruitful for the two, and they’ve generated several more chapbooks and amassed a full-length collection, which they intend to expand into additional collections.

At MacDowell, Donna Spruijt-Metz and Flower Conroy collaborated on one of these. The poems interweave lyric and narrative cut-ups of their poetry. In addition to And Haunt the World Spruijt-Metz’s chapbook, Slippery Surfaces, was published by Finishing Line Press.

Studios

Sprague-Smith

Flower Conroy worked in the Sprague-Smith studio.

In January of 1976, the original Sprague-Smith Studio — built in 1915–1916 and funded by music students of Mrs. Charles Sprague-Smith of the Veltin School — was destroyed by fire. Redesigned by William Gnade, Sr., a Peterborough builder, the fieldstone structure was rebuilt the same year from the foundation up, reusing the original fieldstone. A few…

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