Helen Degen Cohen

Fiction Writer, Poet


Author's Bio

Helen Degen Cohen’s (aka Halina Degenfisz's) awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry, First Prize in British Stand Magazine's International fiction competition, three Illinois Arts Council awards, an IAC Fellowship, an Indiana Writers Conference Award, and fellowships to the major art colonies. She co-founded and co-edits RHINO and coordinates its adjunct, The Poetry Forum. She has taught as an IAC Artist-In-Education through the Illinois Arts Council and as an instructor for Roosevelt University. Twice featured in The Spoon River Poetry Review, and in online zines such as TheScreamOnline.com., her work is the subject of articles such as “Rootlessness and Alienation in the Poetry of Helen Degen Cohen,” in Shofar (U. of Nebraska Press) and "This Dark Poland--Ethnicity in the work of Helen Degen Cohen" in Something of My Very Own to Say: American Women Writers of Polish Descen (Columbia University Press). She published two collections in 2009: HABRY (Puddin'Head Press & Amazon),and ON A GOOD DAY ONE DISCOVERS ANOTHER POET (Amazon) Helen served on the editorial board of the new anthology from SUNY, WHERE WE FIND OURSELVES, which includes “Mirka & I”, another excerpt from her autobiographical novel THE EDGE OF THE FIELD. NERUDA NIGHTS is available from Finishing Line Press and Amazon.com. A 2014 semifinalist in Leapfrog's Fiction book competition, one story is up at Tupelo Q,another at Nimrod's Awards Issue as Finalist for hte Katherine Anne Porter award.

Publications & Prizes


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Brute Neighbors (DePaul University Press, 2011)
A Writer's Congress (DePaul University Press, 2009)
Where We Find Ourselves (State University of New York, 2009)
Blood to Remember: Poets on the Holocaust (2nd edition) (Time Being Books, 2007)
In Praise of Pedagogy (Calendar Island Publishing, 2000)
The House on Via Gombito (New Rivers Press, 2000)
Something of my Very Own to Say (Columbia University Press, 1998)
Sarajevo Anthology (Texas Tech University Press, 1993)
Blood to Remember: Poets on the Holocaust (1st edition) (Texas Tech University Press, 1991)
Concert at Chopin's House (New Rivers Press, 1987)
HABRY (Puddin'head Press, 2009)
Neruda Nights (Finishing Line Press, 2012)
On a Good Day One Discovers Another Poet (Finishing Line Press, 2009)
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Partisan Review
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Rhino Magazine
Spoon River Poetry Review
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Prizes won: 

-National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Poetry.
-First Prize in British Stand Magazine's International fiction
-Three Illinois Arts Council Literary awards-Poetry and Fiction
-Indiana University Writer's Conference Award
-Fellowships to Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, The Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Ragdale Foundation.

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Last update: Oct 04, 2014