Tess Gallagher

Sah Sin was published with Tess Gallagher’s permission for a two-month period.


Sah Sin is the Nootka word for hummingbird.  “Sah Sin” appears in Tess Gallagher’s latest collection, Midnight Lantern (Gray Wolf, 2011)


Poet, essayist, novelist, and playwright, Tess Gallagher was born in Port Angeles, Washington. She received a BA and MA from the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke, and a MFA from the University of Iowa. Her most recent collection of poems is Midnight Lantern (Gray Wolf Press, 2011).  Her first collection, Instructions to the Double, won the 1976 Elliston Book Award for “best book of poetry published by a small press.” Other collections include her first New and Selected, Willingly (1984);  Dear Ghosts (Graywolf Press, 2006); My Black Horse: New and Selected Poems (1995); Owl-Spirit Dwelling (1994); and  Moon Crossing Bridge (1992), written to and about her husband, author Raymond Carver, who died in 1988. About Gallagher’s work, the poet Hayden Carruth wrote, “Gallagher’s poems, beyond their delicacy of language, have a delicacy of perception, and the capacity to see oneself objectively as another person doing the things one really does, with clear affection and natural concern.” Her honors include a fellowship from the Guggenheim Foundation, two National Endowment of the Arts Awards, and the Maxine Cushing Gray Foundation Award.


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