Dorothea Lasky is the author of two previous poetry collections, Black Life and AWE, as well as nine chapbooks, including Matter: A Picturebook and Poetry Is Not a Project. She is a graduate of the MFA program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and holds a doctorate in creativity and education from the University of Pennsylvania. Born in St. Louis in 1978, she currently lives in New York City and can be found online at www.birdinsnow.com.
In Dorothea Lasky's third book, Thunderbird, a purge of rage and confession is tempered with an impish charm. It is the voice of Awe and Black Life taken to a surprising extreme. Lasky uses her connection with Sylvia Plath to delve deeper into a black interior, posessed and fervid, with her fiery heart as a guide.
"Through her specific, strange, and always riveting voice, Lasky reveals truths about the self in relation to all that inspires awe."
"For Lasky, there is always something there in her human interior; what is scary, in fact, is just how much is there."
—The Missouri Review