Faith Garbin, Author

Cover Art by Katie Kelleher
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Published by Negative Capability Press

Praise for
How We Bury Our Dead

 "In How We Bury Our Dead, Faith Garbin's lush poems are an uncompromising encounter with how "the silver scissors of madness and fate cut up all of our dreams." In embracing existence that is fragile as a shell, Garbin continues to display strength needed for a person to continue going through daily tasks in spite of painful family encounters and loss that threaten to overcome and strangle like morning glory that is not uprooted. Ultimately Garbin comes to terms with the knowledge that each person is left alone with their need, their desire at the moment of death. These are not poems that can be sailed out into the night, into the blackness. They will return to boomerang the heart."

--Vivian Shipley, award-winning poet, and editor of the Connecticut Review


Faith Garbin lives on the Gulf Coast in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, with her husband, Frank. Although poetry is her first love, she also writes creative nonfiction and short stories. Her work has appeared in Negative Capability Journal: Body in D[ist]ressKatrina Memories, The Awakenings Review, and  Imagine This! An ArtPrize Anthology, among others. A co-founder of Women of Words (WOW), she is also a member of the Poetry Society of America, the Mississippi Poetry Society, the Gulf Coast Writers’ Association, and the Alabama Writers’ Conclave. She has placed or been a finalist in the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society’s Creative Writing Competition and the Alabama Writers' Conclave competition in the poetry and essay categories. Her degree is in English from Virginia Tech. She has two daughters and twin granddaughters.

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"More than 30 years ago Faith (Hawks) Garbin, while a student in my Virginia Tech fiction workshop, won the Hollins College Literary Festival with a short story that one of my colleagues called “the scariest thing I’ve ever read.” Now, all these years later, How We Bury Our Dead proves that Faith Garbin is adept at poetry as well, with a debut collection that is scary in its frankness. Each taut poem cuts to the bone and leaves us wondering—what will Faith Garbin write next?"
 --Claude Clayton Smith, co-editor/translator of MEDITATIONS After the Bear Feast: The Poetic Dialogues of N. Scott Momaday and Yuri Vaella

"The breadth of this book of poetry is large. Readers are invited into a family history that takes place on the bodies of its members. The subject matter ranges from child abuse to self-mutilation, and poems are both paintings and testaments to survival. They are like badges, and anchors, as well, and the reader hangs onto them as they take us through the lives of those whose stories they tell."
--Geri Lipschultz, Foley Award nominee, and Heekin semi-finalist

"How many ways do we lose people,  innocence, ourselves? How We Bury Our Dead is a collection of well-crafted poems that stares unblinking into loss, grief, and the ensuing chaos and entropy. The poems are the survival technique, employing courage, vulnerability and humor to build meaning from loss."
--Mary Ann Avallone-O'Gorman, Mississippi poet and author of Life in This House

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