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Eve Grubin is the author of three collections of poems, Morning Prayer (Sheep Meadow Press, 2005), The House of Our First Loving (Rack Press, 2016), and Grief Dialogue (Rack Press, 2022). 

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NEWS:

  • Grief Dialogue has just been released by Rack Press, and is available for purchase.  The launch event for the collection will take place on Monday evening October 3rd, 2022 in the Music Room on Great Ormond Street.                                                                                                                                    
  • Two new poems, ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ and ‘The Laws,’ can be found in the American Poetry Review (September 2022 issue).                                                                                                          
  • Eve is the winner of the Steve Kowit Poetry Prize 2021  judged by Dorianne Laux for her poem Snakes and Ladders. The ceremony took place on 8 April 2022. Here are Laux’s words on the poem:  ‘I love the details in this poem, the slow, quiet way it moves through a day, a game, someone placing branches on an arch, someone reading. Lazy, though making preparations for an uncertain future, ‘the virus breathing’ over this small family that could be any family but is a specific family living their particular lives. All that surrounds them is both real and mythic, the smooth dice, the snake’s tongue, the box an ark. All of them in a covenant with one another, with the world. The family held, as we are, if we grasp and lift, in the seat of mercy.’

  • Eve discussed her research when she spoke at Re-enchantment: Techne Student Congress on 11 January 2022 from 12.30-1.45: the Poetics of Reticence: Discussion and Writing Workshop.                 
  • Eve’s selection of poems, Darling, I Used to Dance at These Parties, was long listed for the 2021 Ivan Juritz Prize. The following words are from Will Eaves’s commendation delivered at the prize-giving event on 23 June 2021: ‘Eve Grubin’s marvelously titled selection Darling, I Used to Dance at These Parties includes tender imagistic poems that owe an avowed debt to Emily Dickinson but which also, and more unusually, marry intimate observation with an interest in Jewish heritage and scriptural authority. Everything in these beautifully observed poems — walking in the park, cooking, eating, watching a man trying to make the bed — has a tender but exegetical quality. The most incidental domesticity is somehow connected to ancient law.’

And in 2020: 

  • Eve’s poems ‘Grief Dialogue’ and ‘American in England’ were published in the  Autumn issue (2020) of Poetry Review.
  • Eve gave a virtual poetry reading from London at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY on Monday evening, May 4th, 2020, where she read her original poem The Garden of Earthly Delights written specifically for a class devoted to the Bosch painting by the same name taught by Professor Marc Michael Epstein.
  • Eve read Emily Dickinson’s poem “A soft Sea…” at the virtual annual Dickinson Poetry Walk at the Emily Dickinson Museum on May 15th, 2020.
  • TECHNE produced Eve’s podcast on Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Reticence. Listen here.

And…

  • Eve read her poems and spoke about ‘Emily Dickinson and the Poetics of Reticence’ at Kingston University on 27 February 2018.
  • PN Review editors commended Eve’s translation of the Yehuda Halevi poem ‘You Knew Who I Was’ for the Translation Prize, and it was published in the March-April 2018 issue. 
  • Poetry Reading and Panel on 9 November 2017 at TECHNE conference
  • Eve’s essay on writing ‘slant’ (6 July 2017) in The Lehrhaus.
  • Eve’s poem ‘Allay‘ appeared in The American Poetry Review.
  • Two of her poems, ‘A Definition’ and ‘Unfinished’, were published in PN Review.
  • Mother and Child‘ appeared in Jewish Journal.
  • Eve’s essay, ‘The Poetics of Sanity’, on Jane Cooper’s poetry was published in the The American Poetry Review.
  • Poems have recently appeared in these anthologies, The Poets Quest for God: 21st Century Poems of Faith, Doubt, and Wonder (Eyewear Press, 2016), The World is Charged: Poetic Engagements with Gerard Manley Hopkins (Liverpool University Press, 2016)A Book of Uncommon Prayer: An Anthology of Everyday Invocations (Outpost, 2015), and The Bloomsbury Anthology of Contemporary Jewish American Poetry (Bloomsbury, 2014).
  • Eve is delighted to announce the publication of her pamphlet / chapbook:  The House of Our First Loving (Rack Press, 2016). You can order The House of Our First Loving from the Rack Press website. Mark Doty’s words on The House of Our First Loving:

`Let’s hold all of the truths in our arms at once,’ Eve Grubin writes in this marvelous, entirely fresh pamphlet of love poems, in which traditional Jewish sources become a means of naming what happens in the contradictory meshing and collision of the selves love is. ‘Unfinishing,’ she tells us, ‘creates a longing,’ and Grubin’s happy readers will leave these poems hungry for more of this unusual, distinctive sensibility at work.

From Alison Brackenbury’s review in PN Review:

I have to come to hope that a Rack Press pamphlet may be a tiny gift-box of unusually good poems. This proved true of Eve Grubin’s chapbook, The House of Our First Loving….Grubin expresses the mysterious reconciliations of marriage beautifully. She is at home with paradox, in the ‘ordered chaos’ of shared books. With the speed that is wit, she flings open the division between the sacred and the mundane….Her poems can sound like liturgical commands, authoritative, but never authoritarian…Grubin is confident enough to be ‘without certainty’. She often takes the risk of ending a poem with the abbreviations of common speech – ‘loving best what we can’t see’ – as ancient ritual anchors in the freshness of daily living. Her poems hold a deep and unusual charm….The House of Our First Loving left this reader longing for more light-filled, surprising work.

A review, ‘Unfinished-ness in Art, Judaism and the Poetry of Eve Grubin,’ appeared on Sarah Rindner’s blog, The Book of Books: Where Judaism and Literature Meet

Artwork  by Maureen Selwood / Photo by Marion Ettlinger