Jane Satterfield is the author of two previous books of poetry: Assignation at Vanishing Point (Elixir Press Book Award, 2003) and Shepherdess with an Automatic (Washington Writers' Publishing House, Towson University Prize). She is also the author of Daughters of Empire: A Memoir of a Year in Britain and Beyond (Demeter Press, 2009). Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry and three Maryland Arts Council Individual Artist Awards. She is literary editor for the Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement and teaches at Loyola University Maryland.
"Jane Satterfield brings an astonishing range of subjects to Her Familiars, handling them with keen intelligence, musical intricacy, and tonal dexterity.... Jane Satterfield's poems are intimate, graceful, and brilliant, composed around issues of social and political importance. Reading them, I feel I have made a friend whose company I enjoy and whose insight, wit and commitment I greatly admire. These are terrific poems."
"Ever since I read Shepherdess with an Automatic about a decade ago, I've been a great fan of Jane Satterfield's poetry and prose. Her Familiars (a title glossed from the OED to reach as widely and deeply as possible) is anchored by two superb and ambitious historical sequences—"Collapse," dealing with the American side of Satterfield's background, and "Clarice Cliff Considers Leaving Edwards Street," dealing with the British side. Before and between these poems appear shorter lyrics on a range of subjects, sometimes domestic and sometimes glosses on life's weird curiosities, written both in form and free verse, fully achieved in both cases. Satterfield has a quirky and original angle on the world of her experience. Our shepherdess still carries an automatic."
"Fascinating and revelatory, Her Familiars explores the culture of war and female experience through a varied and lively mix of forms. Here we find epistles, refrains, litanies, elegies, and even a poem inspired by the iTunes party shuffle function. Though her topics are necessary and her intent sincere, Satterfield's voice is invigorated with humor, a sense of play, and an appreciation for the beauty of this world."
—Beth Ann Fennelly