Sherry Mossafer Rind
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Between States of Matter points out that we spend more time getting somewhere than being there, more time in the process than the final form. And beings are always trying to upend the way things are, whether it’s a lion appearing in the front yard, a plant sneaking out of its assigned place, or the author shifting between her own self and a dog. The poems move between yearning and acceptance, yet are shot through with sardonic humor—the poet compares a battle of King Kong and Godzilla to the current state of affairs; a dead husband showing up for dinner must be taken to a restaurant because the speaker still can’t cook his favorite food; a seeker of enlightenment will reach that state only by dying in an earthquake. Yet the place that is Between States of Matter is full of possibility. Change could go anywhere.
PUBLICATIONS AND AWARDS
Between States of Matter, The Poetry Box Select Series, March, 2020
A Natural History of Grief, chapbook, runner-up for Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, publication by Wind magazine, Kentucky, 2005.
A Fall Out the Door, Confluence Press, Idaho, 1994, winner of King County Arts Commission Award.
The Hawk in the Back Yard, Anhinga Press, Florida, 1985, winner of Anhinga Prize for Poetry.
The Whooping Crane Dance, Succor Creek Press, Washington, 1981.
Recent Magazine Publications with Links to Those Online
Atticus Review, “You Are Invited to Watch;”
Charles River Review, “Tuning,” “A History of Glass;”
Cirque Journal, “Wildlife Rescue;”
Cloudbank, “Acceptable Losses,” “The Distance,” “Turkey Vultures;”
Clover, “Miss Sarah Stone Records Natural Curiosities from the New World,” “Tell the Bees;”
Cold Creek Review, “Missouri River;”
Connecticut River Review, “I announce the dog’s birthday on Facebook;”
Crosswinds Poetry Journal, “Odonata,” “Blossoms;” “The Moment He Leaves My Hands;”
Dandelion Review, “Linnaeus Names Andromeda;”
Gyroscope Review, "Plots 'n Quotes;" "On the Sensibilities of Sheep" (Spring 2020, Pushcart nomination);
Kettle Blue Review, “Set to Rights;”
Marathon Literary Review, “Properties of Glass;”
Miramar, “Erev Rosh Hashana;”
Pink Panther, “Flung Against a Wall,” “The Newly Bereaved Fixes a Toilet,” “We Were Girls;”
On the Seawall, "The Monster Hyena," "The Versatility of the Hedgehog;"
Poetry Northwest, “Difficult Rocks,” Joan Swift Memorial Prize finalist;
Poor Yorick, “Stones Fall from the Sky;”
Raven Chronicles, “Biblical Summer;”
Sky Island Journal, "Invasive Species;"
Sow’s Ear, reprint of “Odonata,” “The Fly-Out,” “Slip;”
Star 82 Review, “Disfluency;”
Tar River Review, “The Body Falls Away;”
The Timberline Review, “Storm Season,” “Variables;”
Typishly, "The Cares of the Day;"
Watershed Review, “Norway Lemmings,” “Sea Turtle at Tortuguero, Costa Rica;”
Waypoint, “If I Could;”
Weatherbeaten, “Reseeded Lawn;"
Zoomorphic, "A Failure of the Imagination"
Earlier Publications in: Poetry Northwest, Seattle Review, Southern Poetry Review, Akros, The Arts, Fine Madness, CutBank, Swift River, Georgia Review, Dalhousie Review, The Oregonian, Puerto del Sol, Quarry, Assay, Studies in American Jewish Literature, University of Portland Review, City 6, Poets and Artists Calendar, Eastside Week and many other magazines.
Forgotten Women, Grayson Books, 2017;
Just A Little More Time: 56 authors on love and loss, 2017;
Snakebird: Thirty Years of Anhinga Poets, 2004;
March Hares: The Best Poems from Fine Madness 1982—2002, 2002;
The Northwest Renaissance Poets, 1991;
North of Wakulla: An Anhinga Anthology, 1989;
The Seattle Review Tenth Anniversary Northwest Issue, 1987.
Edited and produced the anthology To Aire is Divine: Further Tips, Tricks, and Tales of Airedale Terriers, Airedale Rescue, October, 1999.
Edited and produced the anthology Houses Full of Laughter: the Airedale Tales, Airedale-L and Airedale Rescue, 1998.
Essays in Seattle Review, Snowy Egret, and The Fourth River online.
Articles in Bird Breeder, American Cage-Bird Magazine, The Watchbird, Bird Talk, Bird World, Birds USA, Eastside Parent, Eastside Week and other publications.
Quentin R. Howard Poetry Prize, runner-up, 2003
Artist Trust GAP grant, 1995
King County Arts Commission Publication Award, 1993
Pacific Northwest Writers poetry awards, 1972, 1990 and 1992
New Works Award, 1991
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, 1986
Anhinga Award, 1984
Louisa Kern Award from the University of Washington, 1982
Scholarship to Duke University Writers Seminar, 1982
Washington Poets Association William Stafford Award, 1976 and 1974
Granddaughter of immigrants, Sherry Rind takes her chances with poetry instead of crossing the Atlantic with a few biscochos by way of kosher food. She published her first poems when still in college. Earning her BA in a recession, she decided the only solution was to return to school, working as a teaching assistant and earning her MA in advanced writing. She taught writing at community colleges and for arts commissions, and worked in development and at miscellaneous other jobs, as writer do.
She received grants and awards from the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions, Pacific Northwest Writers, National Endowment for the Arts, and Artist Trust. She edited two books about Airedale terriers and published numerous articles about parrots. She has published two chapbooks, The Whooping Crane Dance and A Natural History of Grief, runner-up for the Quentin R. Howard Chapbook Prize. Her books are The Hawk in the Back Yard, winner of the Anhinga award and published by Anhinga Press, and A Fall Out the Door, winner of the King County Arts Commission Publication Award and published by Confluence Press.