Poets of SMITTEN Series: Rachael Ikins

SMITTEN poet, Rachael Ikins – poetry, life, love, and publishing


Rachael Ikins is a 2016/18 Pushcart, 2013/18 CNY Book Award, 2018 Independent Book Award winner, prize winning author/artist of nine books. Syracuse University grad, member CNY branch NLAPW, and Associate Editor of Clare Songbirds Publishing House, Auburn, NY. Her new memoir Eating the Sun: a love story narrative punctuated by poetry and garden recipes available 4/2019 at https://www.claresongbirdspub.com/shop/featured-authors/rachael-ikins/

Poetry has been my savior and my way of communicating my feelings to myself and others and how I process the world since forever. It has saved me several times. I have also found I can say things with poetry that I can’t just using regular language.

I remember long ago being intrigued by Marge Piercy’s bi poetry. She is a hero of mine and not, in the end, bi, but I was lucky enough to workshop with her. I really like poet Audra Lourde. The more I look for LGBTQ markets…

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