Poetry. Women's Studies. Moving through losses both private and public, the poems in TOTEM: AMERICA, Debra Kang Dean's third full-length collection, sing of a "thee" who is sometimes a beloved, sometimes a country, and sometimes both.
Debra Kang Dean is the author of News of Home and Precipitates, both from BOA Editions; Back to Back and Fugitive Blues, both prize-winning chapbooks; and Morning's Spell, a chapbook of renku written with Russ Kesler. Her poems have been featured on Poetry Daily and Verse Daily, and her essays are included in the expanded edition of The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World and in Until Everything Is Continuous Again: American Poets on the Recent Work of W. S. Merwin. She teaches in Spalding University's low- residency MFA in Writing Program.
Author City: BLOOMINGTON, IN USA