The Cleveland State University Poetry Center recently announced the publication of Horse DanceUnderwater, the first full-length collection of poems by former WITS writer Helena Mesa. Mesa’s poetic quest for a “sacred grove” takes the reader into a “deep aura of solitude,” praises reviewer Edward Hirsch. “Artfully suspended between lyric and narrative, the quickness of her language reminds us,” declares Michael Collier, of “art’s joyous and ecstatic effects.”  “Horse Dance Underwater,” says Mark Doty, “is an inventive, musical, and powerful debut.”

Helena Mesa was born and raised in Pittsburgh to Cuban parents. She holds an M.F.A. from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She is currently co-editing a collection of essays, Mentor & Muse: From Poets to Poets. She lives in Ann Arbor and is an Associate Professor of English at Albion College.  To read more about Horse Dance Underwater and to purchase copies, click here.

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