Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

Jennifer Kwon Dobbs is an associate professor of creative writing and the program director of Race and Ethnic Studies at St. Olaf College. Her poetry collections include Paper Pavilion (White Pine Press 2007), Interrogation Room (White Pine Press 2018) and the chapbooks Notes from a Missing Person (Essay Press 2015) and the German-translated Necro Citizens (forthcoming). A recipient of grants from the Daesan Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board among others, she is currently co-editing an anthology of auto-critical writing on kinship.

November Poetry: “War Department Theater” by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs

Curated as part of the Adoptee Poetry Folio by Guest Editor Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello

This November, to recognize and honor National Adoption Awareness Month, I've invited adoptee poet Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello to curate a folio of poems by 10 Asian American adoptees. This page features “War Department Theater” by Jennifer Kwon Dobbs. I invite you to take a moment to read her moving introduction to the folio here, as well as the other nine poems in this collection.

— Eugenia Leigh, Poetry Editor