"Hack it down, I thought. Lets start over. In a world without trees."

In Roots Grew Wild (Kingdoms in the Wild, 2019), Erica Hoffmeister tells the story of a Midwestern family through the perspective of the eldest daughter. Driving the telling in prose poetry is a crisp and distinct voice that lays bare relationships between mother and daughter, father and daughter, as well as the relationship between sisters. Roots Grew Wild is a quiet revelation of the often-harsh nuances the eldest daughter experiences as she comes of age. Themes of family are voiced through sharp imagery and terminology of botany—painting an enthralling psychological landscape that uncovers the layers of societal and familial relationships explored in Roots Grew Wild. Only by returning time and again to the site of the narrator’s favorite tree as her father chops it down with her in it, do we begin to see the pivotal and retrospective symbolic memory essential to the collection of poetry as a whole.

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Erica currently lives Denver with her husband and two young daughters. Growing up in Southern California, but always living and aching for elsewhere, Erica holds an MFA in Poetry and MA in English from Chapman University. She most recently published her first chapbook Roots Grew Wild from Kingdoms in the Wild press, winning their 2018 annual poetry prize. Her first full-length book of poetry lived in Bars is forthcoming from Stubborn Mule Press in Summer of 2019. In addition to various works of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction published in several online and print journals and magazines, she has been a runner-up for the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, received an honorable mention for the Lorian Hemingway Award for Short Fiction, and has twice been nominated for Best of the Net. Working in education for over a decade, she currently teaches college writing and literature across the Denver Metro area.