Tina Schumann

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Tina Schumann is the author of three poetry collections, As If (Parlor City Press, 2010) which was the recipient of the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2016) which won the Diode Editions Chapbook Contest for 2016, and Praising the Paradox (Red Hen Press, 2019.) The anthology she curated and edited, Two Countries. U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. Flash Memoir, Personal Essays and Poetry from seventy authors across the country was released by Red Hen Press in October of 2017. Her full collection, Praising the Paradox was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize and the New Issues Poetry Prize among others. Her work received the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal, a Pushcart nomination and finalist status in the 2013 Terrain.org Annual Poetry Contest, as well as honorable mention in The Atlantic 2008 poetry contest. She was a featured poet at the 2014 Skagit River Poetry Festival and Assistant Director at Artsmith.org. Her poems have appeared in publications and anthologies since 1999 including The American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, Atticus Review, Cimarron Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nimrod, Parabola, Palabra, Tarrain.org, The Human, The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine and Verse Daily.

Further Reading



  • '“Where Are You From?” A Conversation with Tina Schumann' by Syndey J. Elliott, Community College Humanities Review Journal

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Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues

Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues

Few poets make ideas as tactile as Tina Schumann. At once readily accessible and piercingly ambiguous, Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues presents both the heartbreak and the epiphanies involved in caring for a beloved parent who is gradually fading into self-eradicating dementia. Each deeply elegiac poem stands on its own while serving as yet one more critical juncture in this most remarkable sequence. The volume astonishes not simply because of its consistently remarkable phrasing or its myriad musical nuances, but because of the inventive line-by-line composing and the manifold interpretative possibilities on every page. Schumann’s achievement is that the brilliant verse rendering of her ministrations calls us back to her daughterly devotion over and over.
—Kevin Clark

“It’s a rare poet whose words plumb the depths of our lives with the resonant complexity of music; it’s an ambitious poet who attempts this. In Requiem. Patrimony of Fugues, Tina Schumann honestly and fearlessly explores what it means to lose a father to dementia. From the opening “Overture (anticipation)” through the final “Long Distance Dirge,” Schumann shuttles back and forth in time, reweaving her father and their complex relationship in memory as he frays. Despair is here, but so is redemption: “what he taught me with intentionthat I could bear my own weight, /that I was stronger than I knew.” Every difficult note rings true; every poem will break open your heart, reminding us of our shared, fragile humanity.” 
—Holly J. Hughes 

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