Sundress announces the release of Wolf Daughter by Amy Watkins. These narrative poems tell the story of a wolf-mother traversing the challenges and wonders of raising her wolf-daughter in a human world.
While personal and specific, the poems look hard at who we are, collectively: a society that continually reinforces who belongs and who doesn’t, a society of humans who easily become hunters. This collection is a lesson on hostility even as it cuddles with you in bed and exudes the warmth of a doting mother. The wolf-girl navigates the usual phases of adolescence with confidence and flair despite frequent cultural reminders of her “otherness.” Through the mother-daughter relationship, Watkins teaches us to look past the exterior and reveals moments of deep honesty, life-affirming love, and true connectivity. This is a book that refuses to be othered as these poems bare their teeth and howl.
“These poems ask, what does it mean to raise a daughter in a “country of hunters” where it’s unclear if “it’s better to look dangerous or endangered”? Wolf Daughter captures the fears, anxieties, and joys of seeing a child come into her own in an uncertain world.”
—Stephen S. Mills, author of Not Everything Thrown Starts a Revolution
Amy Watkins is the author of three poetry chapbooks (Milk & Water, Lucky, and Wolf Daughter), a graduate of the Spalding University MFA in Writing, and a parent of a human girl. Find her online at RedLionSq.com or @amykwatkins on Twitter. She lives in Orlando, Florida.
A 501(c)3 non-profit literary press collective founded in 2000, Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run press that publishes chapbooks and full-length collections in both print and digital formats, and hosts numerous literary journals, an online reading series, and the Best of the Net Anthology.