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Name:  Julie Parson-Nesbitt  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Poetry

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1957 in Chicago, Illinois

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Parson-Nesbitt was born in and still resides in Chicago.

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Gwendolyn Brooks, Significant Illinois Author Award, 1989

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ISBN: 093112283X. OCLC Number: 34561973

West End Press ;. .

Julie Parson-Nesbitt's first volume of poetry is a Chicago book with a history behind it. In these poems she navigates the streetwise world of the personal; comes to terms with love and interracial marriage; and undertakes a political response to her Jewish heritage. Her poems breathe a spirit of independence reminiscent of Emma Lazarus, Emma Goldman, and Adrienne Rich. Long accustomed to a multicultural community, Parson-Nesbitt writes and performs in an astonishing variety of moods and idioms.