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Poetics of Parenthood

  • Big Blue Marble Bookstore 551 Carpenter Lane Philadelphia, PA 19119 USA (map)

Big Blue Marble Bookstore’s “On Sundays We Write” continues with Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach on the ways parenting supports and informs our writing.

Balancing writing and parenting is no easy task, but one that makes us better parents and writers. Has your writing become consumed by your role as a mother or father, by the way your child sees the world, and the way you see the world through your child? What makes poetry such a fitting vessel for the experience of parenthood? Within both lyric and narrative, parenthood's intergenerational quality complicates temporal movement as well as the voice of a singular “I,” bridging present experience with a legacy of mother's and father's past and the futurity of our children. In this workshop, we will explore and access our personal diverse backgrounds, the histories that motivate us as parents and writers, and discover how parenthood is more than the subject matter of our writing, but an integral element of craft—the poetics of parenthood.  

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach ( emigrated from Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine as a Jewish refugee when she was six years old. She holds an MFA in Poetry from the University of Oregon and is a Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania. Julia is the author of The Many Names for Mother, winner of the Stan and Tom Wick Poetry prize, forthcoming from Kent State University Press in the fall of 2019, as well as the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars (Split Lip Press, 2014). Her newest poems appear in POETRYNashville ReviewTriQuarterly, and Waxwing. Julia is the Editor-in-Chief of Construction Magazine ( and writes a blog about motherhood (

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