THE BOOK: What Enters the Mouth
PUBLISHED IN: February, 2017
THE AUTHOR: Sarah Jefferis
THE PUBLISHER: Standing Stone Books
SUMMARY: Lyrical narratives that explore how women can claim and sustain agency despite sexual trauma.
THE BACK STORY: I was working on this manuscript at the Saltonstall Residency, and was granted time and space to complete it. I am grateful for that residency.
WHY THIS TITLE? It comes from the Gospel of John. I am interested in the ways in which our mouths are places of power and trauma.
WHY WOULD SOMEONE WANT TO READ IT? If they want to read about the ways in which women have survived sexual violence. Anyone in the #Me Too movement. If they want to read about interracial love. Any feminist.
It was praised by both Bruce Smith, author of The Other Lover and Devotions, as a book that has a “licked clean, all in, unafraid, vulnerable and startling reckoning I admire,” as well from Ansel Elkins, author of Blue Yodel who wrote, “these are fearless poems –a reckoning of the violence of girlhood rendered with grit and clarity.”
AUTHOR PROFILE: I am an author, editor, and mentor based in Ithaca, New York. Through my writing consultant business, Write.Now., I serve as a 1:1 writing coach, facilitates generative workshops on the creative process and the importance of vulnerability, and offers content and/or copy editing services for clients and organizations across the world.
My first book, “Forgetting the Salt” was published by Foothills Press in 2008. My poems have appeared in Rhino, The Mississippi Review, Icon, The Hollins Critic, Stone Canoe, The American Lit Review and other journals. I have been both a poetry and a fiction fellow at Squaw Valley Community of Writers and at Colgate Writer’s festival. I have an MFA in poetry from Cornell and a Phd in Creative Writing from SUNY Binghamton. I am the single mother of two brilliant girls.
AUTHOR COMMENTS: I work as a writing consultant and would be happy to help you organize a poetry, fiction, or non-fiction manuscript.
WHERE TO BUY IT: Barnes and Noble, Ithaca. Buffalo Street Books. Amazon. Barnes and Noble on line. Cornell Bookstore. Standingstonebooks.net