Chelsea Dingman

marlene lopez

(Dingman, Chelsea) Chelsea Dingman is a graduate instructor at the University of South Florida. Selected for the National Poetry Series by Allison Joseph, her collection Thaw (University of Georgia Press) delves into the issues at the core of a resilient family: kinship, poverty, violence, death, abuse, and grief. Unflinching and raw, Dingman’s poems meander between childhood and adulthood, the experiences of being a mother and a child paralleling one another. Her investigation becomes one of body, self, woman, mother, daughter, sister, and citizen, and what those roles mean in the contexts of family and country.