Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach came to the United States as a Jewish refugee in 1993, from Dnipro, Ukraine, and grew up in the DC metro area suburb of Rockville, Maryland. She spent three years in Eugene, earning an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon. She earned a Ph.D in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania for her dissertation, Lyric Witness: Intergenerational (Re)collection of the Holocaust in Contemporary American Poetry, which pays particular attention to the underrepresented atrocity in the former Soviet territories. She is the founder and host of Words Together, Worlds Apart, a virtual poetry reading series born out of pandemic but meant to outlast it.
Julia is the author of The Many Names for Mother, selected by Ellen Bass as the winner of the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry prize and finalist for the Jewish Book Award. Her second collection, Don’t Touch the Bones won the 2019 Idaho Poetry Prize and is available from Lost Horse Press and perhaps your local book store. Look out for her newest collection, 40 WEEKS, forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2023. You can find her poems in POETRY, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, among others.
She is the Murphy Visiting Fellow in Poetry at Hendrix College and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas with her two kids, cat, dog, and husband.
ORDER signed copies of The Many Names for Mother (2019), Don’t Touch the Bones (2020), and The Bear Who ate the Stars (2013, Out of Print) - ALL PROCEEDS go towards Ukraine and her people.
Watch Voices for Ukraine a reading organized in collaboration with Olga Livshin, featuring poets & translators from Ukraine reading to a zoom audience of more than 800 listeners amid a war.
Read "Mir in Ukraine" in Rattle Poets Respond.
Read "The Past Doesn't Rise Like Smoke" in Nashville Review.
40 WEEKS was a finalist in the Pamet River Prize and is coming out with YesYes Books in 2023, stay tuned.