Across the Hedge: Calling on Emily Dickinson

By: Jadene Felina Stevens

Jadene Felina Stevens was a widely published award-winning poet. She held an AA from Cape Cod Community College and a BA in Creative Writing from Norwich University at Vermont College. Her poetry appeared in the Aurorean, Brevities, Cape Women Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, Doors Out of Dorset (England), Muddy River Poetry Review, Pedestal Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Psychopoetica, Transnational Perspectives (Switzerland), Yankee Magazine and elsewhere.


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Her poems and prose have also been included in a number of anthologies: Crossing Boundaries—An International Anthology of Women’s Experiences in Sport, edited by Susan J. Bandy and Anne S. Darden (1999), Heartbeat of New England: An Anthology of Contemporary Nature Poems, edited by James Fowler (2000), and World of Water, World of Sand by Cape Women Creating and Shank Painter Press, among others. Jadene was a three-time consecutive winner of the Phi Theta Kappa Nota Bene International Literary Awards (poetry), a three-time consecutive winner of the Phi Theta Kappa Regional Literary Awards (poetry), and received PTK’s highest award, the International Citation Award (1997). She won several awards in the Writers Digest Poetry Competitions, The New England Poetry Club Poetry Competitions, The Arkansas Writer’s Conference Awards, and The Katherine Lee Bates Poetry Competitions, as well as others.

Stevens founded and directed the Saltwinds Poets. She was co-editor and layout designer of the cover art for the Cape Cod Community College Poetry Anthology, Dancing On Water (2002), which included not only student/staff poems, but work from such poets as Martin Espada and Nikki Giovani. She also designed, laid out and edited a chapbook for Cape Cod Community College’s “Festival of Cultural Diversity,” Common Roots, Common Ground (2001), which included work by students, staff, and noted poets. Stevens was editor and layout/production designer for an anthology titled, Village Poets of Sandwich, numerous chapbooks for First Night, Chatham, and many more.

Across the Hedge: Calling on Emily Dickinson by Jadene Felina Stevens (1947–2013).

“Jadene Felina Stevens writes verse that is equal parts head and heart. She builds history, perception, empathy, and word craft into bridges: from Jadene, to her ‘sister-in-poetry’ Emily Dickinson, to her readers, and back again to Jadene. I have so enjoyed these poems and the windows they open into Jadene’s life and Emily’s world.”

Lauren Wolk, artist, poet, and novelist (Those Who Favor Fire, Random House, 2000)

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