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Jennifer Givhan

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Jenn Givhan, a National Endowment for the Arts and PEN/Rosenthal Emerging Voices fellow, is a Mexican-American writer and activist from the Southwestern desert.

She is the author of four full-length collections: Landscape with Headless Mama (2015 Pleiades Editors’ Prize), Protection Spell (2016 Miller Williams Poetry Prize Series edited by Billy Collins), Girl with Death Mask (2017 Blue Light Books Prize chosen by Ross Gay), and Rosa’s Einstein (Camino Del Sol Poetry Series, forthcoming 2019), and the chapbooks: Lifeline (Glass Poetry Press) and The Daughter’s Curse (Yellow Flag Press).

Her novels, Trinity Sight and Jubilee, are forthcoming from Blackstone Press.

Her honors include the Frost Place Latinx Scholarship, a National Latinx
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Trinity Sight

3.85 avg rating — 102 ratings — published 2019 — 7 editions
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Landscape with Headless Mama

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Girl with Death Mask

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Protection Spell

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Lifeline

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Rosa's Einstein

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The Daughter's Curse

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Merry Xmas, Headless Mama Returns, & Stranger Things

“O burst O pop O clank O fuck my swollen bell of brain. If no candles light when we scratch the match, has God forsaken?” (You can read the whole poem here, online at the POETRY Foundation). As a mama poet, I struggle sometimes with feeling less important or relevant or current than if I […]
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Trinity Sight by Jennifer Givhan
"This beautiful book is like nothing I’ve ever read, but if I had to compare it to something, I’d say it’s THE LEFTOVERS meets GODS OF JADE AND SHADOW. Calliope Santiago, an anthropologist and college professor, sees a “shock of light” on her drive..." Read more of this review »
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"Trinity Sight is a fast-paced, page turning novel from the onset. It is truly fascinating how poet/author, Jennifer Givhan, masterfully weaves indigenous oral-history and ancestral connections into a contemporary apocalyptic setting. It was hard t..." Read more of this review »
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"This book deals with climate change in a compelling and fresh way, exploring the intersection between ancient intuitive wisdom and contemporary academic intellectual distance. It's a post-apocalyptic narrative that feels somehow hopeful; there's a..." Read more of this review »
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“The last time I had a dick in my mouth I was dying
alfalfa withered in rows unable to separate desire

from pain There are poets for whom this throbbing
is healing My Frida rail-impaled my
chingona fighting for whole even after gangrene
She loved her body though it betrayed”
Jennifer Givhan, Lifeline

“My god
is frozen-mouth. She is get-out-of-this-town-

or-hell-freezes-over. She is paycheck
to paycheck. Each night when she goes to bed, my god

kisses her kids’ clean faces, then, thanking herself, her own.”
Jennifer Givhan, Protection Spell

“What I’m asking is will watching The Discovery
Channel with my young black boy instead
of the news coverage of the riot funerals riot arrests
riot nothing changes riots be enough to keep him
from harm?”
Jennifer Givhan, Protection Spell

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“My god
is frozen-mouth. She is get-out-of-this-town-

or-hell-freezes-over. She is paycheck
to paycheck. Each night when she goes to bed, my god

kisses her kids’ clean faces, then, thanking herself, her own.”
Jennifer Givhan, Protection Spell

“What I’m asking is will watching The Discovery
Channel with my young black boy instead
of the news coverage of the riot funerals riot arrests
riot nothing changes riots be enough to keep him
from harm?”
Jennifer Givhan, Protection Spell

“The balding headstones
of the others—quarantined

from their own mothers & sisters & daughters—
I wondered if they, like us, were strange

alloys of sadness & forgetting
the words to the songs.”
Jennifer Givhan, Landscape with Headless Mama

“The last time I had a dick in my mouth I was dying
alfalfa withered in rows unable to separate desire

from pain There are poets for whom this throbbing
is healing My Frida rail-impaled my
chingona fighting for whole even after gangrene
She loved her body though it betrayed”
Jennifer Givhan, Lifeline

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