Home Studies

Home Studies was the winner of the 2013 Many Voices Award from New Rivers Press and a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. These prose poems portray queer midwestern family life as I have known it. They illuminate the struggles and celebrations of adoptive parenting, love over time, and finding one's place in a community.

"Julie Gard’s poetry evokes a weaver’s hands interlacing tangibles and physical place with the spirituality of time and space. Objects, people and settings line up in a series of linked and lyrical practicalities that shift and realign to reveal an intrinsic tenderness, in every sense of the word, in their relationships. 

- Linda LeGarde Grover, The Road Back to Sweetgrass

"From beginning to end, Julie Gard’s new collection trades in empathy. . . [It is] a series of fifty-nine linked prose poems, or snapshots, that delineate the everyday. . . We might go so far as to call this a post-Adrienne Rich collection, less a call to arms than an invitation to climb into the quotidian trenches and live for a while"

            - Lance Larsen, Author of Genius Loci and Utah Poet Laureate

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 Russia in 17 Objects

Russia in 17 Objects won the 2010 Tiger's Eye Chapbook Contest and came out in December 2011.Here's a review published in 2014 in Prick of the Spindle.

Background info: In the summer of 2008, I traveled to western Russia with the assistance of an Individual Artist Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Artists Council/McKnight Foundation. I collected random found objects, picking them on the street or subway or buying them cheaply, and wrote about them in order to explore my seventeen-year relationship with Russia as it was and is.

Additional recognition: This project was awarded second prize in the 2010 Bitterberry Press Fall Chapbook Contest and was named as a finalist in the 2010 Blue Light Press Chapbook Competition. "Kalevala" won the 2010 Travel Writing and Postcard Competition at Leaf Books. "Tiny Plastic Mouse" and "Embroidered Flower" appeared in the spring 2010 issue of Gertrude. "Wire," "Feather," "Stone," and "Maple Leaf" were published in Tiger's Eye, Fall 2010, along with an interview. 

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Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series

The prose poems in my chapbook, Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press) were written off of these images. I've posted a few of the poems as well. This manuscript was selected by Denise Duhamel as runner-up in the 2006 Caketrain Chapbook Competition.

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