Announcing the 2017 Poetry Society of Virginia Book Award Winner: M.J. Kledzik

At the Poetry Society of Virginia Festival on May 27, 2017 Tim Siebles, current Poet Laureate, of Virginia presented the 2017 PSV Book Award to M.J. Kledzik for her book, As If Wine Could Pour From Her Nipple, published by San Francisco Bay Press.

Mary Jean Kledzik has at times, been a failed ballerina, nursing school drop-out, security guard, and car salesman to support herself and children while getting a B.A. from Christopher Newport College one course at a time, graduating at 36 years old. She believes in poetry and persistence.

She has published in The Paris Review, Agni, Hotel Amerika, Gargoyle, Western Humanities Review, Margie, Confrontation and elsewhere. She received an M.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008, winning the graduate poetry award in both 2007 and 2008. Her book, As if Wine Could Pour from Her Nipple was published by San Francisco Bay Press in 2016. She gives workshops on ekphrasis since starting the local craze in 1999. Currently, she’s developing a new presentation/workshop; Exorcising Trauma: writing as a powerful start to healing. This year she was the featured presenter at Old Dominion University’s Poetry Festival. She lives in Norfolk, VA with her husband.