Kate Peterson’s chapbook Grist won the Floating Bridge Prize in 2016
and was published by Floating Bridge Press. Her work has been published
in Sugar House Review, Glassworks, The Sierra Nevada Review, Rattle, Hawai`i Pacific Review, and elsewhere. Kate is the director of Eastern Washington
University’s Get Lit! Programs.
About the poem:
I was asked to be a featured reader at last year’s Lilac City Fairytales event in
Spokane, and wrote this piece based on the prompt “weird sisters.” My own sister
had recently survived a serious overdose, and so this poem was about that, and
her struggles with addiction. She celebrated one year of sobriety this fall, so getting
this poem published is very special for both of us.