About Jehanne

Jehanne Dubrow is the author of nine books of poems, including most recently, Wild Kingdom (LSU Press, 2021), and a book of creative nonfiction, throughsmoke: an essay in notes (New Rivers Press, 2019). Her second book of nonfiction, Taste: A Book of Small Bites, will be published by Columbia University Press in 2022. Her previous poetry collections are Simple Machines, American Samizdat, Dots & Dashes, The Arranged MarriageRed Army RedStateside, From the Fever-World, The Hardship Post, and a chapbook, The Promised Bride. 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

Jehanne’s poems have appeared in more than 200 publications, such as Poetry, Southern ReviewCopper Nickel, Poetry Northwest, American Life in Poetry, The New York Times Magazine, The Slowdown, The Academy of American Poets, as well as on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily. Recent essays have appeared in The New England Review, Colorado Review, The Common, The Seneca Review, Image, 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, and a PhD in English from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In her free time, she is earning another MFA–this time in creative nonfiction–from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Jehanne’s work explores a wide range of subjects. Her writing moves between traditional forms, free verse, prose poetry, lyric essay, autotheory, and personal essay. In Stateside and Dots & Dashes (and in her current manuscript-in-progress, Civilians), she examines her experiences as a military spouse. In books like The Arranged Marriage, From the Fever-World, and The Hardship Post, she writes about the Shoah, American Jewish identity, and the ethics 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 and about our sense of taste in Taste: A Book of Small Bites.

She 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 Diode Editions Book Contest, the Editors’ Prize in Prose from Bat City Review, the Firecracker Award in Prose from CLMP, 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 American diplomats, Jehanne was born in Vicenza, Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She lives in Denton with her three Bedlington Terriers, Lola, Bandit, and Ella, and with her husband, Jeremy, who recently retired from a 20-year career in the U.S. Navy. Jehanne is a Professor of Creative Writing at the University of North Texas.