Thank you Karen Weyant for making Mud Cakes the February Poetry Pick for The Scrapper Poet. I am touched by the selection and your very generous review!
A professor at Jamestown Community College in New York, Weyant’s first chapbook, Stealing Dust, was published by Finishing Line Press. Her second chapbook, Wearing Heels in the Rust Belt, won Main Street Rag’s chapbook contest and was published last year. Weyant also holds a poetry fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts and was honored with the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.
For a look at some of her poems, I highly recommended checking out her blog. The precision of her language is both remarkable and inspiring. Among some of my personal favorites are “The Union Steward Tries to Quit Smoking” (originally published in the Minnesota Review) and “Advice for All the Rust Belt Cassandras” (which first appeared in Blast Furnace).
Always good to know I’m not alone in my love of the Rust Belt.