From the Flutes of Our Bones: Poems
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About the Author
Mary Moore Easter is the author of four poetry books, From the Flutes of Our Bones (2021); The Body of the World Minnesota Book Award in Poetry Finalist, (2019), Walking from Origins, and Free Papers: poems inspired by the testimony of Eliza Winston, a Mississippi slave escaped to freedom in Minnesota in 1860 (2022). Her poems have been published in Poetry, Prairie Schooner, The Christian Century, Water Stone, SoFloPoJo and other publications as well as several anthologies. She gives numerous public readings in Minnesota and from coast to coast. Her work has also been used as texts for art songs --she was Poet-in-Residence for the 2022 Source Song Festival--and on library-sponsored poetry trails.
Born during segregation, in Petersburg, Virginia, to parents on the faculty of Virginia State College (now University), Mary Moore Easter was as immersed in their artistic and intellectual interests as she was in the limitations that segregation imposed on her Black world. Her adult career as an independent dancer/choreographer and founder and director of Carleton College's dance program overlapped with writing as a Cave Canem Fellow at the foundation for African American poetry. Her awards include: Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board (2020), Pushcart Prize-nominations, Bush Artist Fellowship in Choreography, multiple McKnight Awards in Interdisciplinary Arts, The Loft Literary Center's Creative Non-Fiction Award, and residencies at Ragdale and The Anderson Center. Easter holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence and an M.A. in Music for Dancers from Goddard. She retired from formal teaching with the title: Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Dance and the Performing Arts Emerita.
In 2022, Carleton College named the new studios in the Weitz Center for Creativity to honor her legacy: the Mary Easter Dance Studios.