Christie Grimes teaches writing at SUNY Jefferson. She also hosts the North Country Writers Festival in Watertown, NY, as well as the monthly reading and performance series, First Fridays, in Sackets Harbor, NY.
Her chapbook, Last to Leave, is now available. Her narrative poetry collection will be published by Jane's Boy Press in June 2016.
A former assistant editor at American Short Fiction, Grimes’ stories have been published in journals such as Harpur Palate and Passages North. Christie Grimes is currently at work on a collection of stories and a supernatural thriller set in Sackets Harbor, NY.
The poems in Finding Fruit Among Thorns get to the heart of nostalgia—the way that memory is both a comfort and, at the same time, a source pain. Whether it is memories of relatives we’ve lost (“I wish I could see you raising my mother, / fishing with the men at the lake,”), the way we see our parents (“here is a man only five foot tall, / 7 ½ fingered, balding and stubborn. / He eats root beer floats for dinner.”), or the places we’ve left behind (“There I learned to swim in the clear / water of a cow tank, my bare feet sliding / on a mossy bottom”), the poems themselves become objects of comfort as well as explorations of loss. I highly recommend this beautiful collection!