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Late News from the Wilderness by Elinor Benedict
Published by: Main Street Rag Publishing Company
ISBN: 978-1-59948-190-6, 76 pages, $14 (cover price)

Late News from the Wilderness was released in December 2009 and is available right now. The cover price is $14, and can be ordered online from the publisher's website.

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"In Late News from the Wilderness, Elinor Benedict gives us a rich cornucopia of images in a celebration of connections with family and friends, all leavened with affectionate humor and lyrically understated grief.These poetic communiques, posted from the rural Upper Peninsula of Michigan where she has lived for much of her married life, engage the complex resonances of "wilderness" in both theology and human experience, as well as in the fragile balance of the wild places that Thoreau elevated to archetypal American dimensions."

Carolyne Wright, poet, educator, translator

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All That Divides Us by Elinor Benedict
Published by: Utah State University Press, 2000
ISBN: 978-0-87421-333-1

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Although the poems in this collection are not narrative, they do present a narrative, gradually unspooling the tale of the poet's rebel aunt, who left the family "to marry a Chinaman" in the 1930s. It's an old story, full of poignancy, mystery, family pride, and doubt. When the aunt returns to die, the poet, now grown, discovers in herself the need to reclaim the connections that her family had severed. She travels to China several times—to learn. Gradually, through wide-eyed insightful poems, we see the poet rebuild with her Chinese cousins a sense of generation, family, and humanity—bridging over "all that divides us."

Elinor Benedict has also received the Mademoiselle Fiction Prize, a Michigan Council for the Arts Award, and an Editor's Grant from the Coordinating Council of Literary Magazines (now called CLMP). She earned an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College, and her work has appeared in various literary journals, five chapbooks and these two collections.


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Elinor Benedict's work appears in magazines such as Poetry, Shenandoah, Indiana Review, Florida Review and Image. She worked part-time as a journalist, teacher, and founding editor of Passages North.