Kate Daniels-In the Months of My Son's Recovery

Kate Daniels


Kate Daniels is the author of six collections of poetry, including In the Months of My Son’s Recovery (LSU 2019) and Three Syllables Describing Addiction (Bull City, 2018). A former Guggenheim Fellow in poetry, she is the Edwin Mims Professor of English at Vanderbilt University where she directs the creative writing program. Particularly interested in the intersections of poetry and health care, Daniels is on the faculty of Vanderbilt’s Medicine, Health, & Society program; teaches writing at the Baltimore Washington Center for Psychoanalysis; and facilitates community workshops on Writing for Recovery. Daniels lives in Nashville.


Poetry Reading: Rigoberto Gonzalez and Kate Daniels

In his fifth full-length collection (after Unpeopled Eden), American Book Award winner Rigoberto González binds narratives of loss and rebellion with the notion that “a soaring spirit held captive/ becomes reactive.”

Introducer: Chelsea Rathburn

Chelsea Rathburn is the poet laureate of Georgia and author of three books of poetry. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, the Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, and other journals. A native of Miami, she currently lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercer University.

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In the Months of My Son's Recovery

The poems of In the Months of My Son’s Recovery inhabit the voice of a woman whose grown child is in recovery from drug addiction. With clear perception and precise emotional tones, Kate Daniels explores recovery experiences from multiple, evolving points of view. These intimately voiced, harrowing poems reveal the collateral damage that addiction inflicts on friends and families, in addition to the primary damage sustained by addicts themselves. Offering bold descriptions of medical processes, maternal love, the healing power of spirituality, and the potential for hope as an antidote to despair, this timely collection offers a firsthand account of the many crises at the heart of the opioid epidemic.