Just poetry | All poems © 2023 by Amy Nash

Who am I?

I have lived in every northern state between Massachusetts and Minnesota except for Wisconsin and Michigan, resulting in brackish poetry that mixes the Mississippi River with the Atlantic Ocean and everything between.

My poems have appeared in a range of journals, including Exist Otherwise, Common Ground Review, Blood Lotus, and Northwind, and a number of anthologies, including If Bees Are Few: A Hive of Bee Poems, Adrienne Rich: A Tribute Anthology, The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home, and Legacy of Light: Poems for the Gay Head Lighthouse. I was the April 2015 featured author in The New Guard’s Bang! Author Showcase series. I have given readings on Minnesota Public Radio and at a variety of venues and events regionally and nationally, including Bowery Poetry in New York City.

I received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature with honors and studied verse writing with Annie Dillard at Wesleyan University and completed a two-year apprenticeship program in poetry at the Loft Literary Center. For 12 years, I worked in book publishing for several presses, including Oxford University Press and Yale University Press. I continue to stay connected to the world of publishing by serving on the AIA Minnesota Publications Committee, recently as cochair.

I am marketing and communications manager for MSR Design, the Minneapolis architecture firm responsible for the design of Open Book (a literary and book arts center), Mill City Museum, and hundreds of libraries.

Life without poetry makes no sense to me.

27 thoughts on “About

  1. I’m so happy you have this blog! It’s the first I’ve seen of it!! Now I can see it all, old and recent. You’re soooooo talented!! I love the way your sprinkle words on the page and evoke such depth of feeling. Thank you for sharing! I LOVE YOU!


  2. I read a bunch of these aloud to Kathy. It was fun. Sorry, Foxx feel asleep, but I think it had more to do with her being in the sun. Her favorite place. Thanks for sharing this.


    • M. Thanks for taking a look! Glad Kathy enjoyed them too. And no worries about Foxx. Jackson is illiterate too and has little interest in poetry.
      Love, a


  3. Well I read them to Tommy and he was astoundedly focused, never taking his dark wide eyes off my mouth as I formed each word and connected it to the next in exactly the way it’s author intended. (Maybe he was waiting for me to say “treeeeat!”?) (….but I doubt it).


  4. Whew! My god Amy, your poetry is riveting, haunting, lovely, wounded, seeking, connective, grounded, elegant, powerful–simply incredible. I’m so grateful to have found your blog. I read the entire thing tonight. Will reread this week… and comment more specifically. Thank you!


    • Nancy:

      Thank you so much for your comments and for taking a look at my poems. Your opinion means a great deal to me. I think we are overdue for a coffee date to talk about poetry and life.



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  6. Ahhh, took me so long. It all makes sense! You’re beautiful, and humble, and I love that you keep searching, picking at words, some, some excellent, never do I feel that you haven’t tried, that you’ve just let the words lie where they lie, never do I get the impression that you take it for granted.

    I’m new, have just about managed two months and just can’t see to Easter, I’m terrified!

    On, on.


  7. Hi Amy,

    I am Sheri Bloom’s cousin and live in Minneapolis, and Jori just sent me your poem. Reading it sent shivers down my spine– how strange and beautiful to read about Sheri by someone who knew her intimately.

    You and I both share a love for language. I have an MFA in creative nonfiction from the U and teach comp at MCTC.

    Anyways, I just wanted to make contact.



  8. Amy, your poetry is poignant, beautiful. I’ve read En Route a number of times: “I do die a little when I read yours…”

    You captured my feelings, way inside, sometimes, when I read and write.

    It made me smile to see you yesterday, even under such sad circumstances.



  9. Hey Rambler. There’s a poetry festival that Bridgewater College here in Virginia has every two years in January. It is called the Bridgewater International Poetry Festival (https://wp.bridgewater.edu/bipf/). I read there two years ago and plan on applying again to read this year. It lasts four days and basically it’s just hanging out and watching a hundred poets read their work. I’m not the most social of poets but I found the one that I attended was pretty invigorating. Just wanted to give you a heads-up. // JS


  10. CIRCLE OF LIFE, WE ARE ALL ON THE CIRCLE OF LIFE,going round and round, thanks to you Amy, we have your poetry to read as we go round and round and round. Thank You

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