mother. poet. writer.

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 BA in English from Brigham Young University and an MFA from the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and four children.

01. Poetry Projects

I’m actively working on my first collection of poemsan imagined textual conversation between The Origin of the Species and The Christian Gospels.

02. nonfiction Projects

I’m beginning work on a series of essays about the sometimes fraught, sometimes rich, interplay of motherhood and the writing/artistic life.

03. fiction projects

I’ve completed my first novelThe Quality of Lightand begun the process of querying literary agents.

What happens when the keeper of family secrets disappears?  Four Mormon sisters wake to the news of their mother’s unexpected death.  Over the next seven days they gather at the family cabin and find themselves circling a visceral hole left in the family landscape.  Their mother’s absence pulls them back to the name stories she wove that formed their early identities and wounds they have carefully hidden from view.  Mary, the oldest, revisits her role as protector, triggering a painful memory she’s carried since childhood.  Roxcy finds herself at a personal edge, unsure how to keep private the fissures that threaten to fracture her perfect Mormon world.  Eve’s long struggle with infertility reached a fever and broke without her sisters ever knowing.  And Anna’s shattered life plan, especially her recent, blatant un-Mormonness, pushes the already uneasy peace to the brink.


where you can find Twila's work

Forthcoming work at After the Pause, The Inflectionist Review and The Cape Rock.

recent reads and to-reads

the wave in the mind
The Poem's Country: Place & Poetic Practice