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Dale Kushner

Current City, State, Country

Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Newark, New Jersey, USA


Dale M. Kushner is a poet and novelist deeply engaged at the intersection of personal and historic trauma and how the search for spirit is foundational to the creative process. Her lifelong study of Jungian psychology informs Transcending the Past her popular monthly online column for Psychology Today. M is Ms. Kushner’s debut collection of poetry. Her debut novel The Conditions of Love was published by Grand Central (2013) and was nominated for the Texas Library Association’s Lariat Award for Outstanding Adult Fiction.

She has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, received the Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in the Literary Arts and has been honored by fellowships to the Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. Kushner was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, The Prairie Schooner Book Competition and the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press among others. Kushner’s widely regarded writings on the divine feminine, creativity, and intergenerational trauma are published in anthologies and collected works. Her essay on Mary Magdalene appears in the anthology Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance, University of Massachusetts Press. Her in-depth article on Carl Jung, “In Extremis: Jung’s Descent into the Language of the Self” appears in Jung’s Red Book For Our Time: Searching for Soul Under Postmodern Conditions, Volume 4 (2020) edited by Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt. She teaches workshops that reflect her scholarship in Buddhism, depth psychology, spirituality, and the creative process. Ms. Kushner lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin. She recently completed her second novel.See more at

Dale welcomes the opportunity to discuss her work and themes related to the nexus of creativity, healing and spirituality. To interview Dale, to invite her to join your podcast or book group, or to inquire about Dale’s workshops on Buddhism, depth psychology, spirituality, and the creative process, you can contact her here. You can also subscribe to her periodic newsletter.

Published Works

M (3: A Taos Press, 2022)
The Conditions of Love (Grand Central, 2013)

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Current Title

author, columnist for Psychology Today online


University of Wisconsin, Madison, BA in English
Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in poetry

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