Upcoming Events:

April 9, 2021 7:00 PM EST
Poetry Party! Join us on Zoom with your favorite celebratory drink to toast the appearance of questions for water! See friends, make new ones, enjoy readings and hear from (at least) 2 others who were instrumental in the book’s creation. Join us at this link.

April 13, 7:00 PM EST
Salon with Barbara Morrison-
An evening of poetry and conversation. Request link from crawford.virginia@gmail.com

April 20, 2021 7:00 PM EST
The Ivy Bookshop, 3 Poets From Apprentice House Press: Virginia Crawford, Lynne Viti & Matt Hohner. Register here.

June 16, 7:00 PM EST
Seven at Seven: Local Poets Showcase
Join us for a live virtual reading by Virginia Crawford, E. Doyle-Gillespie, Meg Eden, Brian Gilmore, Joseph Harrison, Christine Higgins, and Michael Salcman, seven local poets with recent books. More information here.

Confronted by a world in turmoil, poet Virginia Crawford mines the seam between the personal and the political. Her new collection, questions for water, brings Crawford’s lyrical voice and intimate perspective to the challenges faced by twenty-first century families, America, and the world. From the fires that raged in Australia, to the racial injustices embedded within the American legal system, to a search for a gun hidden within her son’s Baltimore school, Crawford serves as a voice for both the unmoored individual and the battle-weary global citizen as she articulates her fears and her longing for a lifeline to guide us all safely beyond the reach of dark times. At the center of the book is the luminous title poem in which Crawford reaches simultaneously back to her family’s own immigrant experience and outward to the contemporary immigrant experiences that define America in this historical moment. Author of the 2011 collection Touch and a teaching artist with the Maryland State Arts Council, Crawford reminds us of the healing power of an embrace, the sustaining power of love, and the visionary power of poetry.

Pre-order on: Amazon.com and Bookshop.org


“Crawford’s debut book is a map for our present day with its challenges and dangers. This is what I see, page after page, an emotional response that calms us, words said thoughtfully, made beautiful.”

– Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

“Questions for Water fearlessly embraces painful realities, reminding us that trying to stay safe in this world is like trying to hold onto a fistful of water.”

– Michael Glaser, former Maryland Poet Laureate and professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“Expressive and meditative, quiet and inclusive, these inquisitive poems grope for answers in the social landscapes and universal particulars of our twenty-first-century lives.”

– Edgar Silex, Author of Through All the Displacements and Acts of Love