Debra Gingerich's collection of poems Where We Start consists of contemplative lyrics, historical narratives and edgy prose poems. Her poetry has been strongly influenced by her experiences as a part of a Mennonite community and explores the tensions between individual identity and community loyalty. This tension has been expanded as she also creatively investigates her new marriage and the experiences of her husband, born and raised in the former Yugoslavia where community loyalty turned into war.
Gingerich completed her undergraduate studies at Eastern Mennonite University and received an MFA in Writing from Vermont College. Her poems and essays have appeared in Mochila Review, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, Whiskey Island Magazine, The Writer's Chronicle and others. Her first collection of poems Where We Start was published by Cascadia Publishing House in 2007.
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