Pulling the Trigger: Colleen McElroy on the Craft of Poetry

Renowned poet Colleen J. McElroy examines the ways in which triggering operates in our poetic, personal, and racial selves.

McElroy is the author of several poetry collections, including Queen of the Ebony Isles, winner of the American Book Award, and most recently Blood Memory. Colleen J. McElroy is professor emeritus of English and creative writing at the University of Washington and the former editor in chief of the Seattle Review. Her books Here I Throw Down My Heart and Blood Memory  were published as part of the Pitt Poetry Series, University of Pittsburgh press. She has published creative nonfiction including A Long Way from St. Louie and Over the Lip of the World: Among the Storytellers of Madagascar and has also received numerous prestigious literary awards.