I started writing when I was very young, as soon as I could make words on a page. Even before then, my mother would write down the words to songs and poetry that I made up. While I branched into short stories and eventually novels poetry was my original form of expression. While my poetry was more of a therapeutic and personal outlet, I have enjoyed classic great works of poetry through out my life as well. Both Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Walt whitman, and even Sylvia Plath and E. A. Poe. It has always been a genre I admire and practice. I have been offered the chance to bring the work of Ivy Page into my realm of modern poets and will be reviewing her book of poetry, "Any Other Branch", on April 25. I would like to introduce any poetry lovers out there to her.
town as the home of Flannery O’Conner. She spent her teen years living in Eatonton, GA, home to Joel Chandler Harris, author of the Uncle Remus Stories.
Surrounded by the ghosts of such great authors, and the encouragement of her mother and grandmother, she couldn’t help falling in love with the written
Ivy’s journey into poetry began when she was 12 and her father taught her to play guitar. Although she didn’t realize it, the lyrics for the songs she composed
would be the foundation of the lyrical verse she later created. She continued her romance with words as a non-traditional college student at the age of
22. She studied creative writing in her undergraduate program at Plymouth State University, NH. Ivy was encouraged to continue to get her MFA in Creative
Writing with a focus on Poetry. She studied for her MFA at New England College, NH where she met and studied with Ilya Kaminsky, Paula McLain, Ross Gay,
Melena Morling, and Brian Henry.
While the formal education helped her hone her craft, she hasn’t cloistered herself away after graduation, and she insists that the contact with others
keeps her work fresh. Ivy works to keep her local poetry community active by running a reading series for poets. She is the editor and founder of OVS Magazine,
co-founder of Infinite Monkey Edits, and she teaches at colleges throughout New Hampshire.
Her hard work and dedication to her craft are now being celebrated in the publication of her collection of poems, Any Other Branch. Not only available in
the US, but around the world!
Paula McLain author of Stumble, Gorgeous and NY Times best seller The Paris Wife says, “Any Other Branch is a collection that’s both incredibly grounded,
and also filled with psychological urgency. The poems originate in the personal, but extend effortlessly into the deeply universal, showcasing a fine and
original imagination, and humanity to spare.”