Blueberry Morningsnow was born in Missoula, Montana, in 1977. She grew up in Chatham, Illinois, and then lived in Iowa City, St. Louis, and Chicago. She was in the bands The Star Death and Hroom Hroom in St. Louis. She has one son, Finnegan. Recent poems have been published in Thermos and Loaded Bicycle. Whale In The Woods is her first book.

Inhabited by spirits, shadows, and ghosts harmonizing from the bleak and muddy bottoms of The Lake—the One and Only Lake—Blueberry Elizabeth Morningsnow's debut collection of poems, Whale In The Woods, is a landscape of wild-hearted voices calling to us through passions so profound only Whitman has ever evoked them. Resolved, at first, to a ruined and dissolving world, these poems expand and reawaken the sounds of a mythmaking chorus. “A lake is born,” we learn, “composed entirely of warm human eyes” and “a child/ is born with eyes that only see when he closes him/ A dark lake writes a poem/ about lakes. It's different than/ any other poem about lakes.” Whale In The Woods is brazen, sorrowful, ecstatic, and astonished, and Morningsnow a voice like no other in contemporary poetry. Winner of Rescue Press’s 2011 Black Box Poetry Prize, selected by Sabrina Orah Mark.

Selected Publications:


L.A. Times

Loaded Bicycle




Interview at Thermos

Russ Woods reading Blueberry Morningsnow

Safety Book Interview #21