Coming to New Dominion Bookshop
Jehanne Dubrow will present selections from her new collection of poems
Thursday, October 14 at 5:30 PM
With her new collection of poems, Stateside, Jehanne Dubrow gives powerful voice to the often overlooked, yet fraught, experience of the military spouses left behind during wartime deployment.
Although the poems in Stateside are concerned with a husband’s deployment during the conflicts of the previous decade, Jehanne Dubrow’s riveting collection is driven more by an unsparing emotional exploration of loneliness, longing, and fear than by any overt political agenda. Penelope’s travails while waiting for the return of Odysseus serve as an inspiration and overt reference in many of the poems, tying the deeply personal poems to the experiences of military spouses from time immemorial.
Combining intense lyricism with historic immediacy, and dazzling in their use of form and their sensual imagery, the poems in Stateside open a new direction in the genre.
“Dubrow’s poetry is never less than astonishing.”—Alicia Ostriker
“At the place where the cruelties of history and those of story intersect, Jehanne Dubrow has staked a claim.”—Linda Pastan
Jehanne Dubrow teaches creative writing at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. She has a PhD from the University of Nebraska and an MFA from the University of Maryland. Dubrow is the author of two previous poetry collections, The Hardship Post, which won the Three Candles Press Open Book Award, and From the Fever-World. which won the Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Competition.
She has received a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and a Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, served as a Sosland Foundation Fellow at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, and been awarded scholarships from the West Chester Poetry Conference, the Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conference, and the Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization.
Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in journals such as The New Republic, Poetry, Ploughshares, The Hudson Review, The New England Review, Barrow Street, Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Shenandoah, and Prairie Schooner as well as Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Her work has been featured on NPR’s “Fresh Air.”