Rewilding, a relatively new ecological term, means to return an area of land to its original state. Reveling in letting go of the damaged and broken parts of ourselves while celebrating renewal and new beginnings, O’Neil’s poetry examines the external worlds of race and culture and the internal, personal worlds of family and desire. Ultimately, these poems tap into what is wild and good in all of us.
About the Author
January Gill O’Neil the John and Renée Grisham Writer in Residence for 2019-2020 at the University of Mississippi, Oxford. She is the author of Rewilding (2018), Misery Islands (2014), and Underlife (2009), published by CavanKerry Press. Rewilding was recognized by Mass Center for the Book as a notable poetry collection for 2018. January is an associate professor of English at Salem State University, and from 2012-2018, she served as executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival. A Cave Canem fellow, January’s poems and articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-A-Day series, American Poetry Review, New England Review, Ploughshares and Ecotone, among others. She is a board of trustees member of Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP), and Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. She lives with her two children in Beverly, Massachusetts.