Dear reader,

Hello and welcome!

My name is Aozora Brockman, and I am a poet, essayist, and dancer.

I grew up on an organic family vegetable farm in Congerville, Ill. and dream of merging my two loves, farming and writing, someday. I long to build a radical community of sustainable and creative living.

I am pursuing an MFA in Poetry at the University of Michigan. In between my poetry reading and writing, I am also working on a linked essay collection on the joys and terrors of living in liminal spaces in a world full of extremes.

I published a chapbook of poetry, Memory of a Girl (Backbone Press), inspired by a month spent in Nagoya caring for and learning from my Japanese grandmother, who lived with dementia.

I also published a chapbook of poetry and essays, The Happiness of Dirt (2011), that chronicles life on an organic vegetable farm–the sweat, the waiting for rain, and the joyful harvesting of sweet sticky watermelon.

Along with more essays describing farm life, as well as links to my work online, on this site you’ll discover blog entries from my year abroad in Tokyo, where I experienced the March 2011 earthquake, and my three weeks spent in O’ahu, Hawai’i, as a research assistant to Dr. Nitasha Sharma.

Thank you so much for reading, browsing, pondering, and dreaming with me.