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.