Horizon of the Dog Woman

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Saint Julian Press, Inc.
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7.0 X 10.0 X 0.18 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author

Rebecca Pelky is a member of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Wisconsin and a native of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She holds a PhD from the University of Missouri, an MFA from Northern Michigan University, and is an Assistant Professor of Film Studies at Clarkson University in Upstate New York. THROUGH A RED PLACE is her second poetry collection; her first, Horizon of the Dog Woman, was published by Saint Julian Press in 2020.

RON STARBUCK is the Publisher/CEO/Executive Editor of Saint Julian Press, a poet and writer, an Episcopalian, and author of There Is Something About Being An Episcopalian, When Angels Are Born, and Wheels Turning Inward, three rich collections of poetry, following a poet's mythic and spiritual journey that crosses easily onto the paths of many contemplative traditions. He has been deeply engaged in an Interfaith-Buddhist-Christian dialogue for many years, and holds a lifelong interest in literature, poetry, Christian mysticism, comparative literature and religion, theology, and various forms of contemplative practice. He has been a contributing writer for Parabola Magazine. And has had poems and essays published in Tiferet: A Journal of Spiritual Literature, an interview and poem in The Criterion: An Online International Journal in English, The Enchanting Verses Literary Review, ONE from MillerWords (Feb. 2016), and Pirene's Fountain, Volume 7 Issue 15, from Glass Lyre Press (Oct. 2014), and Levure Littéraire (France - 2017 & 2018). A collection of essays, poems, short stories, and audio recordings are available on the Saint Julian Press, Inc., website under Interconnections. Forming an independent literary press to work with emerging and established writers and poets, and tendering new introductions to the world at large in the framework of an interfaith and cross cultural literary dialogue has been a long time dream. Ron is a former Vice President with JP Morgan Chase and a public sector information technology Executive Program Manager.


The poems of Horizon of the Dog Woman map out a dangerously beautiful terrain of an ancient American winter in the messiness of thaw. Her fierce and flawed speakers remind us that colonization and genocide do not only shape the natural landscape but also the landscape of the female body and voice. Despite violence and erasure, Pelky's characters stand tall and bite back, declaring, "I rebuilt myself//from the tongue/inward. Don't tell//me I didn't speak." This is a powerful debut collection, where we begin at the ending and end at the beginning. -- Anne Barngrover, author of Brazen Creature and Yell Hound Blues

Like the bodies of water of the Upper Peninsula that play a central role in Pelky's poetic imaginings, these poems ripple with a quiet intensity. Her work forms a project of remaking and reimagining, of giving voice to the voiceless--to women, indigenous peoples, and to the land. Balancing the personal and the historical, Pelky navigates violence and erasure, at times interrogating love, what it means to survive as a woman, and different ways to push back against received knowledge. Pelky's collection speaks to the necessity of witness, to the need for a kind of attention that, if held long enough, becomes a transformative magic. -- Jake Young, author of American Oak

Every word on the page has a sense of both inevitability and surprise that makes me pause to breathe in her lines--that is to say, her work is breathtaking in the physical, as well as the spiritual sense. Pelky spent thirteen years as a zookeeper, and she poetically transforms--or transfigures--her scientific training: her close observations of nature resemble extraordinary findings in a field notebook. She is witty, condensed, and a passionate, sometimes brutal, social critic, and Horizonis unrelentingly feminist. The book also exposes the historical fact that just as women's bodies have been violated and erased, so too have Indigenous people. While she unflinchingly portrays the fractures and bloody divisions of North America's past, her vision is healing and wholistic. Pelky's poetry refutes narratives of erasure and replaces them with visibility, voice, and extraordinary beauty. -- Aliki Barnstone, Author of Dwelling and Bright Body - Poet Laureate of Missouri