Veterans Write Workshops open Spring 2018 with reading by award-winning poet Jehanne Dubrow

The Veterans Write Workshops at The University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and the Pitt-Greensburg Written/Spoken Series welcome award-winning poet Jehanne Dubrow for a reading and book signing Monday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in Village Hall 118.

The event, which is free and open to the public, opens the Spring 2018 season for the Veterans Write Workshops.

Veterans attending the reading receive a free copy of Dubrow’s latest book, “Dots & Dashes,” winner of the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry competition.

“Dots & Dashes,” like much of Dubrow’s work, recounts her experiences as the spouse of a soldier and casts light on the often untold experience of military families. 

In addition to “Dots & Dashes” (Southern Illinois University Press, 2017), Dubrow’s previous books are “The Arranged Marriage” (University of New Mexico Press, 2015), “Red Army Red” (Northwestern University Press, 2012)“Stateside” (Northwestern University Press, 2010), “From the Fever-World” (WWPH, 2010), and “The Hardship Post” (three candles press, 2009, Sundress Publications, 2013).

Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have appeared in “Southern Review,” “Pleiades,” “The New York Times Magazine,” “Southwest Review,” “The New England Review,” as well as on “Poetry Daily,” “Verse Daily,” and “American Life in Poetry.”

She has received the Alice Fay Di Castagnola Award, the Towson University Prize for Literature, an Individual Artist’s Award from the Maryland State Arts Council, a Walter E. Dakin Fellowship and a Howard Nemerov award from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and a Sosland Foundation Fellowship from the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies.

The daughter of American diplomats, Dubrow was born in Italy and grew up in Yugoslavia, Zaire, Poland, Belgium, Austria, and the United States. She is an Associate Professor of creative writing at the University of North Texas.

Dubrow will be joined at the podium by Veterans Write co-directors Gretchen Uhrinek and Jeff Martin.

Martin, a visiting professor of English at Duquesne University, is a fiction and non-fiction writer whose work has been published in national and international journals, including “Pearl Magazine,” “Tears in the Fence,” and elsewhere.

Uhrinek, a Pitt-Greensburg alumna, received the University’s prestigious Joan Didion Award for Creative Nonfiction and the Scott Turow Prize for Fiction.  Her work has been widely published in national venues, including “The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,” “Longridge Review,” “Persephone’s Daughter,” and more. Uhrinek was also a 2016 and 2017 fellow at the Chautauqua Institution’s Summer Writers Festival.

A reception and book signing will follow the readings. 

For more information, contact Professor Lori Jakiela, 724-836-7481, or email




Veterans Write at Pitt-Greensburg provides free writing workshops to veterans and their loved ones.

The workshops provide an outlet and a community for veterans and their families. The workshops provide a space to share stories through craft and expression, to grow and learn, and to communicate the experience of life before, during, and after military service.

The workshops meet Mondays from 6:30 until 8 p.m. in Village Hall 118 at the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg (150 Finoli Drive, Greensburg, PA 15601).

The Spring 2018 sessions begin with Dubrow’s visit and continue every Monday through May 7, 2018.

Veterans Write is made possible through the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of the Provost, as part of the University Research Council's Research in Diversity initiative, as well as the David Berg Center for Ethics and Leadership.

For more information, visit the Veterans Write website at




Written/Spoken is a reading series that brings nationally-known poets and writers to the Pitt-Greensburg campus. Undergraduate student writers and Pitt-Greensburg alumni participate in readings and give performances of their own work.

The series is sponsored by the Pitt-Greensburg Creative and Professional Writing Program and the Office of Academic Affairs.

For more information, contact Professor Lori Jakiela at 724-836-7481 or e-mail

Publication Date

Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 1:30pm