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About Time, poetry collection by Julie Benesh.


Julie Benesh is a midwesterner by geography and temperament. She grew up in Iowa  and has lived in Chicago for many years. She has published stories, poems, and essays in Tin House, Crab Orchard Review, Florida Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Hobart, JMWW, Cleaver, Maudlin House, Sky Island Journal, and many other places. She is a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Grant. Julie earned bachelor’s degree in English from WashU in St. Louis, her M.S. in management and organizational behavior from Benedictine University, and her PhD and MA degrees in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University. She enjoys concurrent careers as organizational consultant, professor of organizational leadership, higher education leader, creative writing instructor, and career and creativity coach, but she’d rather be reading or writing. Lately she’s been doing a lot of conference presentations on the intersections between poetry and organizational psychology. Read more



About Time is on time! Benesh is superb in her wisdoms and whimsies; here is an intellect that never interferes with her sense of discovery and joy.

-Major Jackson, author of The Absurd Man



Julie Benesh is a sly thinker ... Her poems playfully sift through multiple layers of love and loss, longing and regret, like stops on a zany amusement park ride. And whether she conjures a 'Tunnel of Punishment,' or a 'bird's nest of dreams,' in the end it'the 'pus and strawberries' of life and death at the core of her melodic collection that bring the electricity.

-Richard Peabody, editor, Gargoyle Magazine


In About Time, Julie Benesh makes her readers feel she is letting them in on the joke-that is, the joke of living alongside the serious conditions of life while also investigating and cherishing the beauty, tenderness, and absurdity along the way. Like the hearth of her "Cozy-Keeper," her poems glow at the edge of the long nights. At a time of "low barometric pressure of the soul," these are welcoming and welcome poems.

-Nan Cohen, author of Unfinished City

About Time

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