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Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach

b. 1987

Current City, State, Country

Little Rock, AR, USA

Birth City, State, Country

Dnipro, Ukraine


Julia Kolchinksy Dasbach emigrated from Ukraine as a Jewish refugee in 1993, when she was six years old. She is the author of three poetry collections: The Many Names for Mother, winner the Wick Poetry Prize (Kent State University Press, 2019), finalist for the Jewish Book Award; Don’t Touch the Bones (Lost Horse Press, 2020), winner of the 2019 Idaho Poetry Prize; and 40 WEEKS, forthcoming from YesYes Books in 2023. Her poems appear in POETRY, Blackbird, American Poetry Review, and The Nation, among others. She holds an MFA from the University of Oregon and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory from the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, Lyric Witness: Intergenerational (Re)collection of the Holocaust in Contemporary American Poetry, pays particular attention to the underrepresented atrocity in the former Soviet territories. Julia is the creator and host of Words Together, Worlds Apart (@wtwa2020) a virtual reading series born out of pandemic but meant to outlast it. 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.

Published Works

40 WEEKS (YesYes Books, 2023)
Don’t Touch the Bones (Lost Horse Press, 2020)
The Many Names for Mother (Kent State University Press, 2019)

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Current Title

Murphy Visiting Fellow in English-Creative Writing / Hendrix College


University of Maryland-College Park
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania

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