Echolocation: Poems by Kristin Berger
From both the visible and invisible margins of life, from the Oregon forest to high desert, from lake to river, Kristin Berger's new book of poems, Echolocation, seeks to reconcile memory and loss with a world still very much alive and beating. In a time of diminishing truth and light, this book locates beauty and holds space for its returning.
"If we have forgotten that poetry is a call sent out into the world to rediscover and name our hearts, minds, and bodies, Kristin Berger’s beautiful new book of poems reminds us of poetry’s good and necessary work. Berger’s Echolocation leads us into that work, honestly and elegantly inviting us to know our own lives and landscapes."
—Annie Lighthart, author of Lantern and Iron String
Cirque Press Author — Kristin Berger
Kristin Berger was born in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in the surrounding suburbs and in the lakes and woods of Northern Michigan. She received a BA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1994.
Kristin is the author of the poetry collections, Refugia (Persian Pony Press, 2019), Echolocation (Cirque Press, 2018), How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a poetry chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008). From 2009-2011, she was a member of the VoiceCatcher Editorial Collective, a nonprofit community that connects, inspires and empowers women writers and artists in the greater Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington area, and co-edited VoiceCatcher 6 (2011) with Toni Partington. From 2011-2018, she co-hosted The Lents Farmers Market Poetry Series, bringing over 50 local and regional poets to the Lents neighborhood. She is the facilitator of The Lents Poetry Project.
Recipient of residencies from Playa, OSU's Spring Creek Project (Shotpouch and H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest), and Starkey Experimental Forest and Range, Kristin's work is influenced by Oregon's High Desert, Cascades, Coastal Range and all the Pacific Northwest's wild and interconnected landscapes. Her next book, Changing Woman, Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, a collaborative project with Eugene, Oregon printmaker, Diane Sandall, is forthcoming from Nightjar Press.
Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family. More at kristinbergerpoet.com