Kimberly Burwick is the author of Has No Kinsmen (Red Hen Press, 2006), Horses in the Cathedral, winner of the Robert Dana Prize (Anhinga Press, 2011) and Good Night Brother, winner of the Burnside Review book prize (Burnside Review Press, 2014). She is also the recipient of national poetry awards like the C.P. Cavafy prize (Poetry International, 2011) and the Black Warrior Review Award (2010). She has received four Pushcart Prize nominations, and most recently was published as a prize-finalist in Bellevue Literary Review, Crazyhorse and The Mississippi Review.
Burwick teaches at Washington State University. She currently lives in Moscow, Idaho.
These tightly wound lyrics examine the dark history of a dictatorship through the lens of motherhood while invoking the pastoral as a metaphor for loss, and the overwhelming human will to survive what has scarified us.
Poetry. Winner of the 2013 Burnside Review Book Prize. "In GOOD NIGHT BROTHER, the tension between saying and not-saying is palpable, intense, and deeply moving; similarly, the gestures of innocent ease and alert vigilance are unnervingly close.
"Has No Kinsman is an amazing exploration of the soul of all that is abstract and yet is more real for it. Kim's language is supple, sensual and these poems are emblematic."