Brenna Manuel’s childhood education began with reading Dick, Jane and Sally and ended with watching riots in Detroit. In 1971, she packed a large box and headed to the Northwest to see the Noguchi sculpture on the college campus. Her focus on academics waned, and she began visiting Indian reservations and canning beets. Nine years later, she received her B.F.A. in painting and moved to Brooklyn. She put up sheet rock and fought legal battles, and eventually got her M.F.A. in Sculpture from the City University of New York. She occasionally writes stories and poems in New Hampshire now, and she teaches college kids.
Read Brenna’s poem in New England Memories: