Essays and articles

The Poetry Collection is a Place for Disparities, Or Let It Bleed

When I originally compiled my first collection Landscape with Headless Mama, I imagined the book very differently, called it Red Sun Mothers, and divided it into sections based on the experiences of different mother-entities in Mexican/American culture, including the infertile woman (or adoptive mother) and the psychologically-socially unstable mother (La Llorona—Mexican Medea figure). I began […]

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PROTECTION SPELL in NBCLatino

“The maternal instinct is a complicated emotional experience for a Latina in an interracial marriage and raising an adopted black son. Givhan’s heartfelt poems don’t come across as sentimental because her angst is expressed through the unsettling truths about the racism in today’s America that her partner faces and that her son will undoubtedly encounter. […]

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The Next Big Thing: In the Time of Jubilee

What is your working title of your book (or story)? My novel is *IN THE TIME OF JUBILEE* Where did the idea for the book come from? The idea came from Reborns. From Wikipedia: “A reborn doll is a manufactured vinyl doll that has been transformed to resemble a human baby with as much realism […]

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Jennifer Givhan writes because….

Jennifer Givhan writes because….. After great pain, a poem comes. And I’m just a woman with an orange. Read why I write, and then join the project and tell everyone why YOU write! Thanks for reading and sharing, folks. Love, Jenn

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We Represent the 47%

My personal story about how my family and I represent the 47%, posted online today. JENNIFER GIVHAN’S VOICE As Julianna Baggott says of my essay: “Jenn Givhan talks about the perils of miscarriage, pregnancy, and the healthcare system that can hit families hard. Such a strong piece.” Visit the site WE REPRESENT THE 47% and […]

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