Julia Bouwsma

About Julia

Julia Bouwsma’s debut collection, Work by Bloodlight, was selected by Linda Pastan for the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award. Her poems and book reviews appear in Bellingham Review, Colorado Review, Muzzle, Salamander, RHINO, River Styx, and other journals. A former Managing Editor for Alice James Books, she currently serves as Book Review Editor for Connotation Press: An Online Artifact and as Library Director for Webster Library in Kingfield, Maine. She lives and works on an off-the-grid farm in the mountains of western Maine.


Work by Bloodlight released from Cider Press Review!

Jan 6, 2017: Julia Bouwsma's debut collection of poems, Work by Bloodlight, is now out from Cider Press Review and available for order.

"It’s strange how so much beauty can come out of this often painful, always unflinching work. In poems that range through the physical world—the weasel in the henhouse, the calligrapher at his table—Bouwsma’s language is at once muscular and lyrical, her voice both passionate and honest."

 —Linda Pastan, author of Insomnia: Poems, and final judge for the 2015 Cider Press Review Book Award