Jill Osier studied poetry at Luther College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. She is the author of a chapbook, Bedful of Nebraskas, and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska.
"Like Franz Schubertís song-cycle Winterreise, these poems of Osierís take us on a lonely winter-journey through a stripped-down world, in which, as she says, Ďall the roads are well worn, all the wagons breaking.í Because the poems, each a small, superb vignette with a different angle of light or insight, comprise a true and transformational sequence, after Osier has performed her winter pageant for us, we are not the same people as when we began. To survive in winter, one must go inside, literally and figuratively, and with aching simplicity and sensuality of voice, that is what Osier does. But as much as she presents winter as Ďthe correctional,í a chastening and humbling space-time that every life must eventually experience, inside Osierís ice is fire. Indeed, she feeds the stove of these poems with such wit and feeling that itís warm enough inside to take off your shirt and make loveóand she does, and we do."
óPatrick Donnelly, 2013 Frost Place Chapbook Competition Judge
"Jill Osier must have a mind of winter. No one writes better about the cold and snow (this is not book blurb hyperbole). Yet her work is imbued with warmth and empathy. This small book is large. The poems are beautiful, smart, and astonishing."
Bull City Press