GENNAROSE NETHERCOTT is the author of The Lumberjack’s Dove (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2018), selected by Louise Glück as a winner of the National Poetry Series. Her other recent projects include the narrative song collection Modern Ballads, and Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog: A Story in Cootie Catchers (Ninepin Press 2019). A Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellow, her work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, The Massachusetts Review, The American Scholar, PANK, and elsewhere, and she has been a writer-in-residence at the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm Nebraska, and the Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris. Her debut novel THISTLEFOOT is forthcoming from Knopf Anchor.
Nethercott tours nationally and internationally performing from her works (often with a hand-cranked shadow show in tow) and composing poems-to-order for strangers on a 1952 Hermes Rocket typewriter. She is the founder of the Traveling Poetry Emporium, a team of poets-for-hire, and is an Associate Producer at Grim and Mild, where she conducts supernatural and historical research for the podcast Lore. She lives in the woodlands of Vermont, beside an old cemetery.
In the tradition of modern fairytales comes a sweeping epic rich in Eastern European folklore—a debut novel about the ancestral hauntings that stalk us, and the uncanny power of story.
“Irresistible, exuberant, and—appropriately—surefooted, Thistlefoot brims over with earthy magic and formidable characters. This is a fabulous, weird, gorgeous book.”
“Nethercott is a literary trickster god who has crafted a wonderfully imaginative, wholly enchanting novel of witness, survival, memory, and family. Thistlefoot shimmers with magic and mayhem."
A genuinely rollicking adventure....skillfully stuffed with startling rollickers. Prepare to be thoroughly, comprehensively, joyfully rollicked.”
Coming Sept 13, 2022!
The Lumberjack's Dove
Winner of the 2017 National Poetry Series (Ecco/HarperCollins)
“Pithy, magical, its many insights, its cautions and clarifications, unfolding in a chain of brief scenes and koan-like revelations. This is a book of unexpected lightness and buoyancy, as necessary in our tense period as the more urgent confrontations.”
Lianna Fled the Cranberry Bog: a story in cootie catchers
A kaleidoscopic tale of cruel beasts, daring thieves, lost sweethearts, and a family on the run-- told through twenty-six fold-up paper fortune tellers. (from Ninepin Press)
A collection of narrative ballads by GennaRose Nethercott, set to music by a lineup of America's best contemporary folk bands.
Featuring: Lula Wiles, Jefferson Hamer, Lonely Heartstring Band, Lissa Schneckenburger/Corey DiMario, Peter Mulvey, Dietrich Strause, Arc Iris, and Rose Polenzani
A Ghost of Water
An ekphrastic collaboration with printmaker Susan Osgood of poems and images.
This luscious hardcover art book contains eighteen original poems by GennaRose Nethercott, inspired by eighteen full-color Susan Osgood prints.
"You are the mackerel that slips / from the fisherman’s grasp / and you are the dark haven / into which the fish / silently vanishes"
TLR: "Drowning Lessons," 2021
BOMB Magazine: "Sundown at the Eternal Staircase," 2021
The American Scholar: "A Diviner's Abecedarian," 2019
BOMB Magazine: Six poems from 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart, 2019
7 x 7: A Small, Beautiful Thing (collaboration with Frances Cannon), 2019
Action, Spectacle: "What the neighbors Mustn't Know" & "The Cartographer," 2019
The Massachusetts Review: Excerpt from 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart, 2018 (print only)
Timber: Four poems from 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart, 2018
PANK: Three poems from Dear Fox, Dear Barn, 2017
The Offing: excerpt from Dear Fox, Dear Barn (co-written with Ben Clark), 2016
Black Lawrence Press They Said anthology: excerpt from Dear Fox, Dear Barn, forthcoming 2017
Leveler: "Every Meal Tastes of Premonition" from Dear Fox, Dear Barn, 2016
Maudlin House: "Ablutions," 2016
Cleaver Magazine: "Skin," 2014
Rust + Moth: "Fuel," 2014
Holland Park Press: "Departures," Winner of 2014 poetry contest
REVIEWS & INTERVIEWS
The Brooklyn Rail: Interviewed by Kathleen Rooney
The Massachusetts Review: "10 Questions with GennaRose Nethercott"
Hunger Mountain: "For Folk's Sake," Interviewed by Desmond Peeples
Neon Pajamas: "Possessed Roosters and Eternal Staircases," Interviewed by Ben Niespodziany
Seven Days: "Poets GennaRose Nethercott and Adrienne Raphel Keep Vermont on the Literary Map," by Julia Shipley
Massachusetts Cultural Council: "Beasts and Boxes," an audio reading/interview
Sundress Publications: "Lyric Essentials: GennaRose Nethercott Reads Miriam Bird Greenberg"
REVIEWS OF THE LUMBERJACK'S DOVE:
"Nethercott’s book feels true as wind, a discovery worth embracing."
"Just when we’re told that our culture is flattened by the mundanity of social media, Nethercott rises from its ashes like an angel of redemption."
"...through the numerical symbols and musicality characteristic of so many folktales, Nethercott crafts a stunning postmodern take on folklore."
"Delicious, endearing, it’s a successfully cast spell."
"Like grief itself, this story breathes, grows and shrinks, folds inward, and recalibrates—but never quite resolves... Most any lover of poetry, regardless of their preferred style, will enjoy the book."
Nethercott is a founding member of THE TRAVELING POETRY EMPORIUM, a team of poets-for-hire who compose poems-to-order on manual typewriters at universities, museums, parties, and events. Email
firstname.lastname@example.org to pitch an event or get a price quote.
Readings & Events
9/13/22..............Brattleboro, VT........................TBA....................................................................THISTLFOOT launch party