Poetry. African American Studies. DOMINA UN/BLUED dislocates the traditional slave narrative, placing the slave's utterance within the map and chronicle of conquest. Charting a diaspora of the human spirit as well as a diaspora of an individual body, Ruth Ellen Kocher's award-winning new book reaches beyond the story of historical involuntary servitude to explore enslavements of devotion and desire, which in extremity slide into addiction and carnal bondage.
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Ruth Ellen Kocher is the author of seven books, including DOMINA UN/BLUED (Tupelo Press, 2013), co-winner of the 2014 PEN Open Book Award, ENDING IN PLANES (Noemi Press, 2014), and THIRD VOICE (Tupelo Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in various anthologies and journals and she has been awarded fellowships from the Cave Canem Foundation, the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets, and Yaddo. She is Associate Chair and Director of the Creative Writing Program at the University of Colorado where she teaches Poetry, Poetics, and Literature, and is a Contributing Editor at Poets & Writers Magazine.Author City: DENVER, CO USA