Teresa Cader

Teresa Cader’s fourth poetry collection, AT RISK, was selected by Mark Doty for the 2023 Richard Snyder Memorial Book Prize and will be published by Ashland Poetry Press in October 2024. Her other books include: History of Hurricanes (Northwestern, 2009), selected as a “Must Read” book by the Massachusetts Center for the Book; The Paper Wasp (Northwestern, 1998); and Guests (1990), winner of The Journal/Charles B. Wheeler Prize Poetry Prize and the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. She has been awarded two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and multiple honors and fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, MacDowell, and Bread Loaf. Her poems have appeared in The AtlanticSlatePlumePoetryHarvard ReviewOn the SeawallAGNIPloughsharesHarvard Magazine, and many other venues. Her work has been translated into Icelandic and Polish.

  • Three Poems

    Heat, filthy, gut-sick heat in my city’s cobblestone streets.
  • Sea Otters, Missiles, Sardines

    Sea otters sun themselves on harbor rocks,

    You’re wasting time. Your lilac needs pruning. By the shed,
  • It Happened All the Time

    Daylight shatters through the thatches where a bird might fall,