12.7.2020 Wilderness Sarchild Poetry Postcard Fest Interview

January 6, 2021
by Splabman

We caught up with Wilderness Sarchild to discuss her Poetry Postcard Fest experience on December 7, 2020.

Wilderness Sarchild is the author of a full length poetry collection, Old Women Talking, published by Passager Books, and the co-author of Wrinkles, the Musical, a play about women and aging. She has won awards for her poetry and play writing from Veterans for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Chicago’s Side Project Theatre Company, and the Joe Gouveia WOMR National Poetry competition, judged by Marge Piercy. She has been featured as Poet of the Week on Poetry Superhighway, Poet of the Month at the Brewster Ladies Library, and can be heard reading her poetry on WCAI Poetry Sunday. Her poems have been published in numerous anthologies and literary journals. Wilderness is also an expressive arts psychotherapist and grandmother of six. She is a social justice activist and is a consultant/teacher of skills in conflict resolution, consensus decision making, mediation, meeting facilitation, and empowered aging. Wilderness lives in a cottage in the woods in Brewster (Cape Cod), MA, with her husband, poet Chuck Madansky. They are surrounded by wild neighbors that include turkeys, coyote, fox, deer, squirrels, giant snapping turtles, and birds.


  1. Kristen Ryberg

    Lovely interview,
    Wilderness Starchild ….. Your name is a poem! Paste Paper….. can’t wait to try, love the books you made. xoxo thank you

  2. Linda Crosfield

    Just watched this and echo what Kristen said. Love your books and that paste paper. is gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing—and Paul for being so great at teasing out the wonderful stuff in all these interviews.

  3. Carlton Johnson

    This was a great interview. I enjoyed hearing about her use of paste paper and the very lovely patterns that result —

  4. Sigrid Saradunn

    WoW. Thank you Wilderness and Paul for a delightful interview. The chat was inspiring and created a feeling of joy.

    The poem at the end, about George Floyd was on the spot and memorable … unlike any others. In place of angry words and condemation, in my opinion,
    the poem talked thoughtfully and in a meaningful way

  5. June Sanders

    What a sweetheart.

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