Dina Elenbogen - “Shore” and Dipika Mukherjee - "Dialect of Distant Harbors"

Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Dina Elenbogen and Dipika Mukherjee

Dina Elenbogen will read from and discuss Shore.  She will be joined by Dipika Mukherjee, who will read from and discuss Dialect of Distant Harbors.

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op. At this time, masks are required for in-store events.


About Shore: "Dina Elenbogen catalogues her losses in this eloquent book of testimony and mourning. She is clear-eyed about what we are giving up even as she holds onto what she can in this book of mounting losses and tenacious faith. I’m moved by the way she teaches us that ‘Hope comes / in small increments of light.’” — Edward Hirsch

About Dina Elenbogen: Dina Elenbogen  is author of the poetry collection Apples of the Earth (Spuyten Duyvil, NY), the memoir Drawn from Water: an American poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story (BkMkPress, University of Missouri), and the forthcoming poetry collection, Shore (Glass Lyre Press,  March, 2023.)

 She has received fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council and the Ragdale Foundation. Her work has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including: Fury: Women’s Lived Experience During the Trump Era (Pact Press), City of the Big shoulders (University of Iowa Press) Beyond Lament (Northwestern University Press), Lit Hub, Bellevue Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Poet Lore, december, Woven Tale Press, The Examined Life Journal, Patterson Literary Review, Connecticut River Review, Rhino, New City Chicago, Reform Jewish Quarterly and many other venues. She has an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago Writer’s Studio.  www.dinaelenbogen.com

About Dialect of Distant Harbors: “A grievous vastness to this world,” writes Dipika Mukherjee, “beyond human experience.” With wonder and empathy, and even rage, Dialect of Distant Harbors summons a shared humanity to examine issues of illness and family in the home, as well as redefine belonging and migration in a misogynistic and racist world. As the world recovers from a global pandemic and the failure of modern government, these meditations are incantations to our connections to the human family—whether in Asia, or Europe, or the United States—and focus on what is most resilient in ourselves and our communities.

About Dipika Mukherjee: Dipika Mukherjee is the author of the novels Shambala Junction and Ode to Broken Things, and the story collection, Rules of Desire. Her work is included in The Best Small Fictions 2019 and appears in World Literature Today, Asia Literary Review, Del Sol Review, and Chicago Quarterly Review, Newsweek, Los Angeles Review of Books, Hemispheres, Orion, Scroll, The Edge and more. Her poetry collection, Dialect of Distant Harbors, was published by CavanKerry Press in October 2022 and a collection of travel essays, Writers Postcards, has been accepted for publication by Penguin Random House (SEA) for 2023. She teaches at StoryStudio Chicago and the Graham School at University of Chicago. She holds a PhD in English (Sociolinguistics) from Texas A&M University. 

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Ave
Chicago, IL 60637