2023 COURAGE to WRITE Writer of Note Awardee Feature of the Week:
Emily Hockaday, Blood Music (Poetry), Queens, NY
Blood Music braids together pregnancy and childbirth, a father’s diagnosis and death from ALS, and a loved one’s addiction crisis.
“I aim to reach readers where the specific is made universal—to highlight bodies changing and how love is inextricable from grief.”
Emily’s poetry collection takes an autobiographical look at the body, and how love functions in a family when bodies change. Her writing emphasizes how tenaciously you will cling to love in hard times.