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Sherry Rind

b. 1952

Current City, State, Country

Lynnwood, Washington, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Seattle, Washington, USA


Sherry Mossafer Rind’s books are The Hawk in the Back Yard (Anhinga Award), A Fall Out the Door (King County Arts Award, Confluence Press), Between States of Matter (The Poetry Box Select, 2020), and The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2021), winner of an Eyelands International Award . Chapbooks are The Whooping Crane Dance and A Natural History of Grief.  She has received grants and awards from the Seattle and King County Arts Commissions, Pacific Northwest Writers, National Endowment for the Arts, and Artist Trust. A Pacific Northwest native and granddaughter of immigrants, she writes most frequently about animal and plant behavior and other science topics.

What is the relationship between Judaism and/or Jewish culture and your poetry?

Aside from the poems that are overtly Jewish (“A Brief History of Jews in the USA”), my poems are informed by my upbringing in a Jewish household. It\’s as simple as my work being Jewish because that is as much a part of my identity as is being human. I believe that being grounded in Judaism is a deep and fundamental connection, a sensibility from which my writing springs.

Published Works

The Store-House of Wonder and Astonishment (Pleasure Boat Studio, 2021, Eyelands Award)
Between States of Matter (Poetry Box Select, 2020)
A Natural History of Grief (Wind, 2005)
A Fall Out the Door (Confluence Press, 1994, King County Arts Commission Award)
The Hawk in the Back Yard (Anhinga Press, 1985, Anhinga Award)
The Whooping Crane Dance (Succor Creek Press, 1981)

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University of Washington, BA
University of Washington, MA

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