Reviewing Our Lady of the Ruins for Kenyon Review Online, poet Mary Catherine Popa described Brimhall’s work as “tight, dynamic, and inventive,” observing “Brimhall proves that in disillusionment there is also great imagination, a half-lost world that awakens our perceptions to our current one.” In an interview with Writer’s Digest, Brimhall said of her own work, “Most of my poems have some formal play, whether it’s immediately evident or not. I often create some sort of formal restraint on my work (sometimes before beginning, sometimes after I’ve finished a draft) because it helps me decide what images and bits of language are essential to a poem and what I should probably cut. I’m a hoarder in poems, and I need rules to keep from cluttering up what the poem is trying to say.”
Winner of a 2013 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship in poetry, Brimhall has also received grants and fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Writer’s Center of Bethesda, the Vermont Studio Center, the Disquiet International Literary Program, the Arctic Circle Residency, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund. Her awards include a Prairie Schooner Jane Geske Award, a Passage North Just Desserts Short-Short Fiction Prize, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize.
Brimhall lives in Manhattan, Kansas, where she has served on the faculty of Kansas State University.