“I thought my way through the puzzle of the poem”

Jessica Wilbanks

Nov 22, 2021

My most recent interview over at Catapult focuses on Niki Herd’s poem “Bird.” “Bird” was originally published in the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day series.

Niki Herd is the author of The Language of Shedding Skin and the coeditor (with Meg Day) of Laura Hershey: On the Life & Work of an American Master. Winner of the 2021 Inprint Donald Barthelme Prize in Nonfiction, Herd has crafted poetry, essays, and criticism that appear in or are forthcoming from Copper Nickel, the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature, Academy of American Poets (Poem-a-Day), Literary Hub, The Rumpus, and Salon, among other journals and anthologies. She lives in Missouri, where she is a visiting writer in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Check out the full interview here!