Forthcoming & Recent Publications
Some of Jehanne’s new poems and essays are forthcoming in Bellevue Literary Review, Blackbird, The Cincinnati Review, The Hudson Review, Image, Iron Horse Literary Review, Laurel Review, The Los Angeles Review, and Poetry International.
Taste: A Book of Small Bites
Jehanne’s second book of creative nonfiction, Taste: A Book of Small Bites, was published by Columbia University Press in August 2022. Structured as a series of mezze or tapas—little tastes of the sweet, the sour, the salty, the bitter, and umami—this interdisciplinary book considers the ways that we ingest the world, how we come to know ourselves and others through the daily act of tasting.
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 2024. 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 Colorado Review, The Common, Image, and The New England Review, among others.
Works-in-Progress: Civilians, Red Monsters, 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.
Jehanne has recently begun work on a new nonfiction project, a hybrid memoir about her long-term love affair with Anne Carson’s genre-bending Autobiography of Red. In Red Monsters: A Story of Reading, Jehanne pushes against the boundaries of genre, merging lyric essay, poetry, pedagogy, and close reading.
And she is also working on Frivolity: A Defense, an argument for the value of specific frivolous pursuits and objects. The book champions frivolity, particularly in times of darkness and political upheaval. Structured as a series of listicles—narrative pieces in the form of lists—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.