Hello and welcome! My name is Aozora Brockman, and I am a published poet and writer who grew up on an organic family vegetable farm in Congerville, Ill. called Henry’s Farm. My dream is to have my own farm someday with my dear love, Austin–but before we settle down, I’d love to travel and write, translate Japanese literature and manga, dance, and learn sustainable living skills. I currently live in the Hudson River Valley with Austin, volunteer at Poets House, and work part-time at an organic farm called Glynwood. I am also working on an memoir/essay collection with my father about our farm and family coming to terms with a changed climate.
I recently published a chapbook of poetry, Memory of a Girl (Backbone Press), which was inspired by a month spent in Nagoya caring for and learning from my Japanese grandmother, who is battling Alzheimer’s disease.
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 Prof. Nitasha Sharma during my freshman year at Northwestern University.
Please feel free to reach out to me to say hello–you can find me on Twitter (@aozorautumn). I’d love to meet all of you out there!
Thank you so much for reading and browsing, and dreaming and pondering with me. ♥