Chloe Honum is the recipient of a 2009 Ruth Lilly Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Poetry, The Southern Review, and elsewhere. She has received fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Kerouac House of Orlando, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Honum was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. (Author photo by Victoria Marie Bee)
"Chloe Honum's brilliant first book The Tulip-Flame traces an identity forming within radically divergent but interlocking systems: a family traumatized by the mother's suicide, a failed relationship, the practice of ballet, a garden—each strict, exacting. And with 'a crow's sky-knowing mind,' Honum in every case transfigures emotion by way of elegant language and formal restraint. Chloe Honum is 'one astounding flame' of a poet, and I predict a long-lasting one."
"These poems have the smell of both the embalmed corpse and of lavender, lilacs, and lilies. There is a sad 'worm-lust' in them as they perform their memorable ballet. A fine first book."
"Chloe Honum's first book is stark and haunting and hard to put down. I read it in one straight blaze like a novel, then found myself living in its glimmers for weeks."
Cleveland State University Poetry Center