_MG_25931Dale M. Kushner grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey on a street that was once a peach orchard—Elberta Road. She has been a long time-investigator of the intersection between poetry and spiritual life. In the early 1990’s, as a visiting writer to the former Yugoslavia, she attended an international conference on The End of Utopia and The New World Order. This experience kindled her awareness of the collective value of literature, and writers as the voice of national conscience. Her poetry and fiction have been influenced by  Carl Jung, and the power of myths and archetypal images at work in the world.

Ms. Kushner is the founder and director of The Writer’s Place, a literary center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a recipient of a Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in the Literary Arts and has been honored by a fellowship to the Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute as a participant of their first writers’ conference on compassion and forgiveness. Her work has been widely published in literary journals including IMAGE, Poetry, Prairie Schooner, Salmagundi, Witness, Fifth Wednesday and elsewhere. Her most recent poetry collection More Alive Than Lions Roaring was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award at Utah State Press, The Prairie Schooner Book Competition, the Agha Shahid Ali Prize at University of Utah Press and The Tupelo Prize. Her story “When You Open the Door, Where Are You?” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is on the core faculty of The Assisi Institute, a Jungian think-tank in Brattleboro, Vermont and will assume the position of Poetry Editor for The Journal of Pastoral Care & Counseling September 2013.

In addition to her blog posts here, Dale does a monthly blog for the Psychology Today website, “Transcending the Past.” You can subscribe to Dale’s periodic newsletters at TinyLetter.com/dalemkushner.

She lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin. The Conditions of Love is her first novel.

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