WINNER OF the sfpa elgin award
Praise for Glimmerglass Girl
". . . an intersection between ethereal loftiness, humorous speculation, and poignant consideration. . . a collection of poetry and images that encourage readers to be more than they perceive themselves to be." --VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts
“An ethereal collection of emotional gut-punches—Walrath delves into the hidden depths of womanhood with poems at once violent and delicately beautiful.”
—Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of Star’s End, Our Lady of the Ice, and The Mad Scientist’s Daughter
“Glimmerglass Girl delights and chills the senses in equal measure, deceptively minute in its scope. Walrath challenges preconceived notions of feminine identity in these delicate, uncanny poems—and spares nobody, no body, in the process.”—A.J. Odasso, Senior Poetry Editor, Strange Horizons
"Glimmerglass Girl's beautiful verse pulls you in, entrances you and transports you--
quite the worthwhile read!"
—Tonya Liburd, Senior Editor, Abyss & Apex
"Glimmerglass Girl elegantly captures a female journey eerily familiar, a reflection of me, or a lost relative to whom I have only now been introduced. Walrath's lush verse winds around perceptions, challenging them, guiding them back, like a skilled hand guides a toddler. Just as I start to learn to roll over, to sit up, to stand—her layered, linked verse invents new ways for me to understand
the world I have lived in so long."
—Karen Bovenmyer, author of Swift for the Sun
"Washing the dishes, peeling an onion, wearing a bra, all these details of life become immersed in magic in Holly Lyn Walrath's gorgeous poems. In Glimmerglass Girl, the questions of how to be a woman and how to reconcile the different sides of our bodies and selves is brought into startling focus. Walrath's writing takes your breath away and then sucker punches you, but I mean this in the best possible way--these poems devastate, destruct, and then bring you back to life."
—Chloe N. Clark, author of The Science of Unvanishing Objects
"In her debut chapbook, Glimmerglass Girl, Holly Walrath’s lyrical yet startling language explores the layered experiences of women. The flowing, ephemeral effects of poems like “Elegy for a Body,” compliment the emotional accessibility of explorations of modern women’s self-doubt such as “Self Portrait through an iPhone.” Clever and moving illustrations provide the perfect finishing touch to Walrath’s haunting collection. "
—Patricia Flaherty Pagan, author of Enduring Spirit
Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Luna Station Quarterly, Liminality, and elsewhere. She is the author of Glimmerglass Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2018). She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She is a freelance editor and host of The Weird Circular, an e-newsletter for writers containing submission calls and writing prompts.