poet Writer mother

A sight, an emotion, creates this wave in the mind, long before it makes the words to fit in.

Virginia Woolf

Twila Newey grew up in Provo, Utah. She earned a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University and an M.F.A. in Writing and Poetics from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She was a finalist for The 2019 Coniston Prize at Radar Poetry and received honorable mention in the 2019 Juxtaprose Poetry Contest.  Her first novel, “Syliva” is forthcoming from BCC Press in 2020. She is also a poetry reader for Psaltry & Lyre. Twila lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and four children.

01. Poetry

Twila’s in the process of submitting her first collection of poems, A Tangled Bank, for publication. This collection grew out of a concurrent reading of On the Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin, and The Christian Gospels.

02. Prose: fiction

Her first novel, Sylvia, is forthcoming from BCC Press in 2020.

03. Prose: non-fiction

She’s working on a series of essays about the shared rhythms of motherhood and the writing life: stepping out of battle into sway. A lot has been written about the challenges of trying to mother and write but little on how it works, how these two creative endeavors might actually feed into and support one another.

Here’s a taste: “A Good Writing Day” from Rob Mclennan’s “my (small press) writing day” series 

recent recommended reading

You Ask Me to Talk About the Interior
Maps and Transcripts of the Ordinary World
In the Middle Distance
Linda Gregg