Friday, May 13, 2011

Professor Jehanne Dubrow's Poetry Earns Honors

CHESTERTOWN—Poet Jehanne Dubrow, assistant professor of English at Washington College, is being recognized with national, regional and state honors this month.

On Monday, May 9, her collection Stateside was awarded the 2011 book prize for poetry from the Society of Midland Authors. Since its founding in 1915, the Chicago-based literary society has presented jury-based awards to authors and poets who “reside in, were born in, or have strong ties to the 12-state Midwestern Heartland.” (Dubrow forged her strong ties while earning her PhD in English from the University of Nebraska.)

The same day, the Poetry Foundation’s column and website “American Life in Poetry,” ( began featuring her work “Chernobyl Year” as the poem of theweek. “Chernobyl Year” is the first poem in Dubrow’s recently completed manuscript ""Red Army Red." The “American Life in Poetry” column, which is edited by Pulitzer Prize winner and former U.S. Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, is carried in newspapers across the country and on the New York Times education blog, “The Learning Network.”

To cap it all off, on Tuesday, May 16, Dubrow will be recognized at a Maryland State Arts Council reception as the recipient of a $6,000 Individual Artist Award in poetry.

In addition to Stateside, Dubrow is the author of two earlier poetry collections—From the Fever World and The Hardship Post—plus a chapbook, The Promised Bride. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including Poetry, New England Review, The New Republic, West Branch, The Hudson Review, and Ploughshares. She also blogs about the writing life at “Notes from the Gefilte Review” (

Dubrow has been the recipient of a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and Howard Nemerov Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and scholarships from the West Chester Poetry Conference, the Nebraska Summer Writers’ Conference, and the Institute on the Holocaust and Jewish Civilization. For more information, visit

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