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Blood Ties Cover

I am a poet mostly, prose writer occasionally, college writing and literature professor nine months out of the year, and as frequently as possible, a traveler.


I’m thrilled that Finishing Line Press will publish my first poetry chapbook in summer 2014! The chapbook is titled Blood Ties and explores themes of coming-of-age, rural life, and family. You can pre-order your copy now.

Thanks to artist Susan Solomon for painting the beautiful artwork on my book's cover.

I’m honored to have endorsements from award-winning poets Jude Nutter and Deborah Keenan:

“Go back there now,” instructs Paige Riehl in “Hometown,” “back before you were / this adult who won’t / return in body” . . . And that’s just what these wonderful poems do. But these are not poems of simplistic nostalgia: these are poems that capture, so beautifully, the yearning and apprehension felt at the cusp of adulthood; that explore the complex blend of sadness and relief that comes with escaping, at least physically, the landscapes of our youth. These poems remind us that such intimate landscapes—both internal and external—create, for better or worse, the very kernel of who we are.
Jude Nutter, author of The Curator of Silence and I Wish I Had a Heart Like Yours, Walt Whitman
“It is not so easy to conjure a world in a collection of poems. In Paige Riehl’s remarkable book, we readers enter the world she has made for us, and it is a real world that compels our attention and affection. This poet brings her past to life, but these poems do not just do memory work. Yes, the poems reveal a world, but they are sustained by the poet’s wisdom, and deepened by her understanding about what fate and choice have dealt her. Blood Ties is a beautiful collection. Read these poems, and welcome a new and wonderful voice.”
Deborah Keenan, author of Willow Room, Green Door: New and Selected Poems

Prior News

I was honored to be selected for the 2012-2013 Loft Mentor Series in Poetry by poets Jude Nutter and Oliver de la Paz. I worked with these mentors and other great writers throughout the 2012-2013 year. Thanks to The Loft Literary Center.

Thanks to Literal Latte for selecting my poem titled “Edie Watches the Tsunami from her Bed at Life Care Rehabilitation Center in Las Vegas, March 2011” as the winner of the 2011 Literal Latte Prize for Poetry ($1,000 prize).

Thanks to Nimrod International Journal for selecting my poem “Farm Kids” as a semi-finalist for the 2011 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry. My poem was published in the Awards 33 Issue in Fall/Winter 2011 (print issue).

Thanks to River Styx for selecting my poetry as a finalist for the 2011 River Styx International Poetry Contest judged by B.H. Fairchild.