Deborah Bogen

Poet and Novelist

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Chosen by Helene Cordona for the 2017 Jacar Press Poetry Book Award, "Free Fall" contains a suite of poems chosen by Jericho Brown for the 2016 New Letters Poetry Prize.
"What we have in Deborah Bogen's Let Me Open You a Swan is sublime poetry, the rare gift of a terrifying look into the shaping of a warrior poet and her work. " Michelle Mitchell-Foust "In Bogen, suffering cannot be transcended, and yet, while tribulation is fiercely present, it brings to the world an ironic and stubborn luster, a glint, a scintilla of light. "Let Me Open You a Swan" is a vibrant and wholly original work." Lynn Emanuel
Landscape With Silos was a National Poetry Series Finalist and Winner of the 2005 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize

"Deb Bogen writes poetry that is naked and necessary, unadorned and political, intelligent and genereous. The book brims with intelligence." ---Carol Frost
Living by the Children's Cemetery was Winner of the 2002 ByLine Press Chapbook Competition

Judge Edward Hirsch commented that the book "provides a profound answer to the poet's own call for 'someting sinister, something/ fragile, something Bessie Smith/ could sing.'"

Hello & thanks for stopping by...

I'm Deborah Bogen, poet & novelist.

My New Book of Poems, IN CASE OF SUDDEN FREE FALL, winner of the 2017 Jacar Press Poetry Book Prize judged by Helena Cordona is out! You can order it by clicking the links to either side of this message. Jericho Brown chose a group of poems from "Free Fall" for the 2016 New Letters Poetry Prize.

And for poetry readers here are selected reviews of my collections.

For fiction lovers here are reader reviews for "The Hounds of God" and "The Witch of Leper Cove. "

5 out of 5 stars MUST READ

By C. M. Barrett "Connie Barrett" (Ruby NY) -

"If you have any interest in medieval England and the lives of the common people, as distinct from the rulers, this book is a must-read. The three main characters, a young woman and her younger twin brothers, all orphans, are well-drawn and sympathetic. Secondary characters are equally plausible. The plot development is almost breathtaking in that it's both logical and unexpected.

Aside from being a detailed portrait of life long ago, the story has many parallels to the modern uneven distribution of wealth and power. The ending inspires."

A review of "THE HOUNDS OF GOD." Read more reviews at Amazon

5.0 out of 5 stars Great characters and life-like detail make this novel an eye-opening experience. June 7, 2015
By John Walker

"A historical novel depends on strong characters as well as a well-depicted milieu to open the eyes of readers to an understanding of a world far different from their own. This novel has both. The personages are so sharply defined that the reader remembers each one easily as the novel jumps back and forth along the story line. And the descriptions are so full of life-like detail using all of the senses that the reader is immersed into a world that can be felt, heard, and smelled, as well as seen. For example, the depiction of making artist's paints is remarkable in itself, and gets added quality from its hinted symbolism. A super novel."

Click the link above the cover to order Free Fall

Elixir Press 2009


The new book is out - THE HOUNDS OF GOD