Freya Manfred's six published books of poetry are: A GOLDENROD WILL GROW, YELLOW SQUASH WOMAN, AMERICAN ROADS, FLESH AND BLOOD (chapbook), MY ONLY HOME, and SWIMMING WITH A HUNDRED YEAR OLD SNAPPING TURTLE.
Her poetry has appeared in over 100 reviews and magazines and over 30 anthologies, and her literary memoir, FREDERICK MANFRED: A DAUGHTER REMEMBERS, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award and an Iowa Historical Society Benjamin F. Shambaugh Award. Philip Roth has called this memoir a "classic." She has received a Harvard/Radcliffe Fellow In Poetry Award, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, a Minnesota Poetry Award and a Tozer Foundation Award, and has has been a Resident Fellow at Yaddo, The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and The MacDowell Colony. Her half hour poem for television: THE MADWOMAN AND THE MASK, appeared on KTCA-TV, Channel 2, in 1991.
She conducts highly praised poetry workshops and readings for grades K-12, colleges, and adults. A long-time Midwesterner, she has also lived in on the west coast and the east coast. She now lives half an hour east of the Twin Cities with her husband, screenwriter Thomas Pope, and her twin sons, Rowan and Bly Pope, visual artits who have illustrated her last two books of poetry. Nature and the outdoor world, as well as the relationships between human beings -- family, friends, acquaintances, and strangers -- are the primary subjects of her work.