Iris Dunkle 7 posts
Iris Jamahl Dunkle is an award-winning literary biographer, essayist, and poet who lives in Northern California. She wrote the first full-length biography on Charmian London, Jack London's wife, Charmian Kittredge London: Trailblazer, Author, Adventurer (University of Oklahoma Press, 2020). Her fourth collection of poems, West : Fire : Archive was published by The Center for Literary Publishing in 2021. Dunkle teaches at Napa Valley College and is the Poetry and Translation Director of the Napa Valley Writers' Conference and is currently writing a full length biography of the author Sanora Babb.

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Sanora Babb: On Donkeywork and Winged Things

On the Road with Sanora Babb Part 2: Donkeywork and Winged Things

In her introduction to Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay (2001), Nancy Milford writes: “To be a biographer is a somewhat peculiar endeavor… it requires not only the tact, patience, and thoroughness of a scholar but the stamina of a horse.… read more.

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Spend 2022 in Kyung-Hwa Yu’s Sacred Forests

This holiday season, we’re excited to introduce Pomegranate, a publishing and printing company that offers its customers “art you can bring home.” In celebration of Pomegranate’s commitment to inclusivity, we’re excited to spotlight some of the brilliant women artists in their catalogue. Read more about Pomegranate below.read more.

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“Ghosts All Over the Story of My Beginnings”

American Bastard by Jan Beatty

American Bastard by Ann BeattyWe are taught that a story has a beginning, a middle, and an end. We are taught that a girl who ventures on a quest to find her lost parents will become whole when she finds them; we are taught that this girl will find happiness.

But the truth is, life doesn’t usually happen in this way. Sometimes the “story begins at an impasse” as Patrice Staiger writes.… read more.

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“… young Sanora sought refuge with the Otoe people…”

From Jan Lisa Huttner (Editor-in-Chief of FF2 Media): 

Poet Iris Jamahl Dunkle, having completed a masterful biography of Charmian Kittredge London, is now doing in depth research on her next subject: Sanora Babb. And FF2 Media is proud to announce that we will be traveling with her!

We have several reasons for embarking on this journey with Iris.read more.

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The Photography of Hansel Mieth: The Story Is in the Roots

The Cotton Picker photograph by Hansel Mieth
What a gift I found the day I visited the Sonoma County Museum and began to see the world through the shutter of Mieth’s camera.
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Once Eclipsed, Sanora Babb’s Dust Bowl Novel ‘Whose Names Are Unknown’ Demands Our Attention

Writer Sanora Babb is best known for her first novel about the Dust Bowl, Whose Names Are Unknown.
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