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AMERICA THAT ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE by Jesse Lee Kercheval

AMERICA THAT ISLAND OFF THE COAST OF FRANCE by Jesse Lee Kercheval

Jesse Lee Kercheval’s most recent collection, America that island off the coast of France, was released this fall by Tupelo Press.

Aimee Nezhukamatathil writes, “this jubilant collection transforms and brilliantly guides us in love and sorrows across the hemisphere and back again, gently reminding us, ‘I am wearing skin not / just clothes / never mind the wrinkles in both.’”

Kercheval’s vivid meditation on citizenship and homeland draws on her own experiences as a French-born, American-raised woman now dividing her time between the United States and Uruguay. She speaks to the challenges of immigration and the inability to be a citizen of only one country when the heart belongs to many.

Six of Kercheval’s poems appeared in the Winter 2013 issue, including “Yes and No” and “Convalescence.”

Jesse Lee Kercheval is a poet, fiction writer, and memoirist whose books include the bilingual Spanish/ English poetry collection Extranjera / Stranger; the poetry collection Cinema Muto, winner of a Crab Orchard Open Selection Award; The Alice Stories, winner of the Prairie Schooner Fiction Book Prize; the poetry collection Dog Angel; the memoir Space, winner of the Alex Award from the American Library Association; and the short story collection The Dogeater, winner of the Associated Writing Programs Award for Short Fiction. She is also a translator, specializing in the poetry of Uruguay. She is currently the Zona Gale Professor of English and director of the creative writing program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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