As If

Tina Schumann’s debut collection As If (Parlor City Press) was awarded the 2010 Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize.”Schumann’s poems address the big questions successfully because the poet is honest in her self-reflective moments, rigorous in her moments of intellectual parry, playful linguistically, and keen in her perceptions of those off-the-radar states of being that are so tricky to catch in an accurate way. She refuses to be overwhelmed by the enormity of her task. Her reliance on tonal shifts, formal arrangement and personal accountability make for a collection that strips away the artifices of consolation even as it strives to bless.” —Lia Purpura, author of “King Baby”, winner of the 2007 Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

“In As If we have a poet completely in her element. The voice/tone is consistent, strong, and each poem communicates with the others. This book dishes it out without being confrontational, subversion and surprise on every page. The pace/cadence is superbly controlled by intelligent line breaks (which may surprise the reader as these lines can be ridiculously long, the poems bulky, yet it’s all masterfully done), enjambments, and the musicality of Schumann’s diction. She is part Whitman, part prophet of the Americana. Not many poets I know can be both heartbreaking and funny, but Schumann manages to walk the line between grief and guffaw.”—Michael St. Paul,, Community Reviews.


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Requiem. A Patrimony of Fugues.

Winner of the 2016 Diode Editions Chapbook Competition.
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“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, author of “In the Evening of No Warning” and “Self-Portrait with Expletives,” winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Series Book Competition. (Pleiades Press)

“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:A 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 intention—that 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, editor of “Beyond Forgetting: Poetry & Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease.” (Kent State University Press)

“As a writer, a musician, and a daughter whose mother had Alzheimer’s, Tina Schumann’s work resonated with me on a variety of levels.  The language and the narrative within the poems reaches a crescendo even as Schumann’s father slowly and then more rapidly begins his diminuendo.  The poems were both heartbreaking and full of the dark humor that one must cultivate to survive the terrible loss of a parent to dementia.  Schumann’s acute portrayal of a daughter’s duty and pain captivates from beginning to end.” – Kate Carroll de Gutes, winner, 2016 Oregon Book Award in creative nonfiction and 2016 Lambda Literary Award in memoir.

 TwoCountries_FrontCoverTwo-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. Flash Memoir, Personal Essays and Poetry.

Available now on Amazon and from Red Hen Press 

Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents is an anthology of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry from over sixty writers who were either born and/or raised in the U.S. by one or more immigrant parent. The work describes the many contradictions, discoveries and life lessons one experiences when one is neither seen as fully American nor fully foreign. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers.

Blurb: “When you hold in your DNA two-countries — the cultures, the languages, the foods and stories — you embody richness. These writers know on a cellular level many-layered ways to live, to struggle, to love. Here are voices we need to hear, writers we need to read. This is a brilliant, timely book, an antidote to divisiveness.”  – Peggy Shumaker, Author of “Just Breath Normally.” Poet, Professor and former Alaska State Writer Laureate.

Blurb:  “As one of the essays in this marvelous anthology reminds us, the notion of home can encompass the complex differences between house, country, birthplace, and homeland.  Given that amplitude, it turns out that Two-Countries is about dozens of countries, about dozens of intimate histories that map the latitudes of leaving and belonging.  Every anthology makes an argument, and the one Tina Schumann movingly presents in Two-Countries is that the American experiment of multiplicity has been, by turns, painful and redemptive.  In their accounts of assimilation and nostalgia, celebration and resistance, the poets and writers in Two-Countries show that one result of our ongoing national experiment is a rich deepening in our literature.  We may be in perilous times as a country, but our writers have never been in more ferocious health.” Rick Barot,  Author of “Chord” and recipient of the PEN Open Book Award.

From the introduction..

“My mother, Mélida Luz Sol Schumann (1926-2003), was born in El Salvador, Central America and immigrated to the United States in 1940 at the age of fourteen. I am the youngest of my mother’s four children born and raised in the U.S. While I now appreciate the many complex elements that influenced my development as the daughter of an immigrant mother and U.S. born and raised Irish/German father, as a child I not only took this reality for granted, but shied away from volunteering information about my mother’s origins or the fact that half of my extended family spoke Spanish as their first language. I see now how unique my family experiences were and are. How differently my mother and I viewed our roles as women, our expectations of life, relationships, careers and world views because of how, where and when we came of age. I also reflect on the many instances in which my mother’s origins were pointed out to her and I in everyday life. What she went through in order to assimilate but maintain her own culture, language and ethnic particularities. I know there are many writers out there like me. I have wanted to provide a venue for our voices and experiences for some years now. Hence the anthology.” – Tina Schumann, Editor

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Praising the Paradox

Forthcoming from Red Hen Press, Spring 2019.

This full collection of fifty-six poems reflecting on the concept of self, loss, fragility and the constructs we must create in order to face the transient nature of life was named a finalist in The New Issues Poetry Prize, The Four Way Books Intro Prize, The National Poetry Series, The Jacar Press Book Award, The Blue Light Press Book Award, The C&R Press De Novo Book Award, Trio House Book Award and Augury Books Book Award. It was also listed as a “remarkable work” in the Tupelo Press 2012 open submission period.

Blurb: Praising the Paradox: “What I admire most in Praising the Paradox is the resilience throughout, and an awareness of the common world that both comforts and devastates. These poems navigate a landscape of loss where what goes on is the sway of stoplights, the waitress with her coffee-pot suspended in mid-air, the everyday moments that gather momentum and make a life. These poems celebrate the small gestures, carrying pain alongside joy, reminding us we are alive.” – Dorianne Laux, author of “The Book of Men,” winner of the Paterson Prize and “Facts About the Moon,” which won the Oregon Book Award.