Forthcoming & Recent Publications
Some of Jehanne’s new poems and essays are forthcoming in Alaska Quarterly Review, Bellevue Literary Review, The Hopkins Review, Laurel Review, Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, and Subtropics.
Exhibitions: Essay on Art & Atrocity
Jehanne’s new collection of lyric essays, Exhibitions: Essays on Art & Atrocity, is forthcoming from University of New Mexico Press in fall 2023. The book explores the ways that the artful objects in our lives can become occasions for self-reflection, exploring the relationship between family history, visual art, and genocide. Essays from Exhibitions have appeared in numerous journals, including Colorado Review, The Common, Image, and The New England Review.
Works-in-Progress: Civilians, The Naturalist, Red Monsters: A Story of Reading, and Frivolity: A Defense
Jehanne is in the process of finishing up work on a new poetry manuscript. Civilians functions as the final book in her groundbreaking military spouse trilogy, concluding the work of earlier collections, Stateside (Northwestern University Press, 2010) and Dots & Dashes (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017). Civilians asks: What happens to the former soldier in the 21st century? What happens to the spouse, once physical and emotional distances are erased and she is reunited with her husband, a man made strange and foreign by his contact with war? Poems from Civilians have appeared in American Life in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, New England Review, Southern Review, Subtropics, and Poetry Daily, among others.
She is also in the new stages of another poetry collection, The Naturalist, which considers the relationship between the health of the body and the health of the body politic. Poems from The Naturalist have been published or are forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Journal, Image, and Poetry International.
Continuing her work in the lyric essay, Jehanne is writing Red Monsters: A Story of Reading. Blending personal essay, poetry, pedagogy, and close reading, Red Monsters examines Jehanne’s long-term love affair with Anne Carson’s groundbreaking novel in verse, Autobiography of Red, and considers how a cherished text can offer comfort, can make us braver in the face of our own monstrousness.
Finally, she is writing Frivolity: A Defense, an argument for the value of specific frivolous pursuits and objects. This book-length essay champions frivolousness, particularly in times of darkness and political upheaval. Frivolity contends that some frivolous things are perhaps less trivial than we might imagine and that even the utterly shallow parts of our lives may offer beneficial, necessary diversions.