About Jehanne

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of nine books of poems, including most recently, Wild Kingdom (Louisiana State University Press, 2021), and three books of creative nonfiction, throughsmoke: an essay in notes (New Rivers Press, 2019), Taste: A Book of Small Bites (Columbia University Press, 2022), and Exhibitions: Essays on Art & Atrocity (University of New Mexico Press, 2023). Her previous poetry collections are Simple Machines, American Samizdat, Dots & Dashes, The Arranged MarriageRed Army RedStatesideFrom the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post. She has co-edited two anthologies, The Book of Scented Things: 100 Contemporary Poems about Perfume and Still Life with Poem: Contemporary Natures Mortes in Verse. Her tenth book of poems, Civilians, will be published by Louisiana State University Press in Spring 2025.

Jehanne’s poems have appeared in POETRY, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Southern ReviewAmerican Life in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, The Slowdown, The Academy of American Poets, as well as on Poetry Daily, Verse Daily, and in numerous other venues. Recent essays have appeared in The New England Review, Colorado Review, The Common, The Seneca Review, Image, Guernica, and West BranchShe is the founding editor of the national literary journal, Cherry Tree.

Jehanne earned a B.A. in the “Great Books” from St. John’s College, an MFA in poetry from the University of Maryland, an MFA in creative nonfiction from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 

Jehanne’s writing moves between traditional forms, free verse, prose poetry, lyric essay, autotheory, and personal essay. In Stateside and Dots & Dashes (and in her forthcoming collection, Civilians), she examines her experiences as a military spouse and explores the tradition of war literature. In books like The Arranged Marriage, From the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post, she writes about the Shoah, intergenerational Jewish trauma, and the challenges of representing violence on the page. Her collections, Wild Kingdom, Simple Machines, American Samizdat, and Red Army Red, consider the intersection of power, cruelty, and authoritarianism. Jehanne is also passionate about the five senses; she has written about the art and science of perfume in throughsmoke: an essay in notes. She recently collaborated with Zoologist Perfumes (an award-winning, international renowned fragrance company), writing a sonnet that was included in the marketing materials for their latest scent, Rabbit. She has also explored the sense of taste in Taste: A Book of Small Bites. And, in Exhibitions: Essays on Art & Atrocity, she looks at the act of looking itself. She is currently at work on a book-length essay about frivolous things, people, and pursuits, Frivolity: A Defense. She is also writing a craft book, The Wounded Line: A Guide to Writing Poems of Trauma.

Jehanne has been a recipient of the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Adrienne Rich Award for Poetry from Beloit Poetry Journal, the Crab Orchard Series Open Competition Book Award, the Editors’ Prize in Prose from Bat City Review, an Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction from The Bellevue Literary Review, the Firecracker Award in Prose from CLMP, a ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year Award, an Individual Artist’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, the Mississippi Review Prize in Poetry, the Poetry by the Sea Book Award, the Towson University Prize for Literature,  a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and a Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The daughter of two American diplomats, Jehanne was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She lives with her two Bedlington Terriers and with her husband who recently retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. Jehanne serves as a Consulting Editor for Fourth Genre. She is also the Series Editor for Writing About Trauma, a series of new books published by University of New Mexico Press that offer readers guidance in the craft of representing trauma in print and non-print media. Jehanne is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.