Kika Dorsey

Kika Dorsey is a poet and fiction writer in Boulder, Colorado, and lives with her two children, husband, and Border Collie. She wakes up every morning and crafts poetry out of dreams, myths, her body, and her travels. While finishing her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature in Seattle, Washington, she performed her poetry with musicians and artists.

Her poems and fiction have been published in The Denver Quarterly, The Pennsylvania Literary Journal, The Comstock Review, Freshwater, and The Columbia Review, among numerous other journals and books. Her collection of poems Beside Herself (Flutter Press, 2010) was followed by her full-length collection Rust (Word Tech Editions, 2016). Her current book, Coming Up for Air, was released in 2018 (Word Tech Editions). She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize three times. Currently, she works as an adjunct instructor of English at Front Range Community College and tutors. When not writing or teaching, she taxis her teenagers to activities, swims miles in pools, and runs and hikes in the open space of Colorado’s mountains and plains.

Available for: Book clubs, community events, writer coaching and tutoring.

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Coming Up for Air
Goodreads page

The poems of Coming Up for Air transport the reader from poems about Dorsey’s own life or reflections on everything from the Bible to the Maya numerical system, to surreal poems in which forms such as the haibun are explored, to travel poems, where the reader journeys everywhere from Indonesia to Austria, and finally to a section of tender love poems.

From the ashes of Rust, Dorsey rises, and although the content of the book is not entirely redemptive, and — as is always the case in her writing — shadows, death and dream weave through its fabric. And the crescendo of love poems bring us to a transcendence and leave the reader with an open eye to what we dream, and what we hold dear.

Price: $19 paperback

Available on Amazon, and at Boulder Bookstore and Trident Books in Boulder.

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Goodreads page

The poems of Rust are sensory explorations into grief and ecstasy, rife with mythology and a surreal landscape of dream. Taking the reader through the seasons, Rust explores the gradual loss of a mother to Alzheimer’s and a father’s death by suicide after struggling with schizophrenia. Rust is the color of his hair, the Midwestern landscape of the Rust Belt, the corrosion of American culture. The book grapples with the shadows of human consciousness and brings us into the season of spring, where grief is redeemed through words.

Price: $19 paperback

Available on Amazon.