Andrea Pierceall

Literature – Poetry

Hailey, ID
May 2022, 2 weeks

Poet Andrea Pierceall from Hailey, ID participated as a Pacific Lutheran University Rainier Writing Workshop Fellow. Following a life-long career as a court reporter in San Francisco, the death of Andrea’s husband in 2015 changed the trajectory of her life. Andrea began using poetry to assuage and understand loss. Her poems are elegiac, and her goal is to use grief to better understand living.

At the Anderson Center, Andrea worked on a chapbook of approximately 20 poems that explore the sacred as well as the starkness of grief through the refuge of poetry. A former Elementary School Teacher, Andrea connected with Elementary House students from Red Wing’s Red Cottage Montessori for a nature work and poetry activity at the Anderson Center during her two-week residency.