is the author of four collections of poetry, Double Effect (LSU); The Diener (LSU); The Dirty Side of the Storm (Norton); and Côte Blanche (New Issues). Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, Poetry, Southern Review, Southwest Review, and Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, as well as in a number of anthologies, including the Library of America’s American Religious Poem and The Art of the Sonnet (Harvard). She holds degrees in English and creative writing from Louisiana State, New York University, and the University of Houston, and a master of divinity from Yale Divinity School. A native of south Louisiana, she co-produced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary about efforts to save Louisiana's disappearing wetlands. With Michele Burgess, she has collaborated on three artists’ books, The Diener, Ghost Trees, and Reliquary. Since 2006 she has worked as a trauma chaplain at Tampa General Hospital and, most recently, as a psychedelic chaplain with Ketamine Journeys. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at The University of Houston.
Review of Double Effect by M.A. Nicholson
New Orleans Review
Review of Double Effect by Andrea Syzdek
Against the Grain
LSU Press, 2020
Framed by Aquinas’s Doctrine of Double Effect, these poems consider the sometimes inextricable nature of good and evil, new life and loss, within the Cajun language, culture, and landscape of the imperiled Louisiana coast. Maternal deprivation, mania, and environmental destruction exemplify the saving possibilities of paradox.
Minor Design's Award-winning
Bayou Greenways Park
NY Times Op-Ed