Missy Brownson resides in Georgetown, Kentucky and works in the capital city of Frankfort as a communications professional. Before moving to the Bluegrass region, Missy served as co-producer and co-emcee of the Third Tuesday Writers Coffeehouse in Owensboro, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in The Lumberyard Magazine, The Louisville Review, Open 24 Hours, and The Heartland Review where her work was awarded “finalist” and “honorable mention” designations for the 2010 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize. Her work has also been distributed via the email poetry service of tweetspeakpoetry.com, Every Day Poems. A graduate of Earlham College who studied creative writing in the Murray State University MFA program, she lives with her good husband and some bad cats. You may find out more about Missy and her work at www.missybrownson.com.
In Hush Candy, poet Missy Brownson revisits the venerable genre of domestic advice manuals, those 19th and 20th century compendia of wisdom designed to guide women (especially aspiring women of the rising middle class) in the exercise of their proper roles in the home and society. Her response is a wicked and witty rejoinder from the perspective of a contemporary woman navigating the changing and challenging terrain of gender expectations and sexual politics and possibilities.