Ways We Hold"How do we stay rooted in a world of flux? 'Oh, to keep ourselves / from falling,' Jennifer Arin exclaims, and here is a poet who understands and celebrates the complexity of this impossible wish. Meditating on ancient languages and cityscapes, flow charts and romance, Arin brings an awareness of time's ineluctable passage and poetry's power to stop it, however briefly. Brilliant and resonant, one illumination following another, WAYS WE HOLD delivers on its promises because for Arin, poetry 'is one / small way we hold on.' You will want to hold onto this book, like a lost friend rediscovered." — Elisabeth Frost


"'Nothing comes without a history,' Jennifer Arin reminds us in 'A Portion,' her penultimate poem from this extraordinary collection. Deftly moving between the playful and the lyrical, the serious and the subversive, Arin parses the etymology of phrases from Aztec kings, affectionately refers to time as 'an escape artist anyway,' and fearlessly explores the tragic accident that befell a beloved mentor 'riding / the unplanned / curve.' With sparkling wit and clarity that provokes and seduces her lucky readers, Arin's poetry celebrates the quirky coincidences of our shared humanity, the tenderness that ultimately connects us in the WAYS WE HOLD."

                                                                                                                                                           — Mary Winegarden


"In WAYS WE HOLD, Jennifer Arin takes the long view—from prehuman history to pumpkins in the state of Delaware, from a Sumerian scribe to her own Russian-Jewish grandparents. Confronting time, death, and chaos, she finds solace in human connection, the 'way[s] we hold on, or try to.' Her thoughtfully-shaped poems, 'planting word rows / across the page,' reveal a lively curiosity, a wry sense of humor and a levelheaded understanding of the human condition."

                                                                                                                                                               — Chana Bloch



"The Missing Link in Academic Advising: The Faculty Perspective," selected for inclusion in The Future of Advising: Strategies for Student Success, Chronicle of Higher Education (2022).

"The Missing Link in Academic Advising: The Faculty Perspective," Chronicle of Higher Education (2021).

"Ten Camels and a Passport," Travelers' Tales / Adventure Travel Award (2020).

"A Weight-Watching American in Paris," Travelers' Tales / Funny Travel Award (2020).

"Tribute to Raymond Leblanc," Moulinsart (2018).

“La Vie de Château / The Château Life,” Le Journal Tintin, Fall 2016,

"Pure Luck," "The Zigzag of Light," Realms of the Mother: Ten Years of Dos Madres Press (2016).

"Ten Camels and a Passport," "A Day without Complaint" (the latter co-authored with Eileen Ross), Rosebud (Spring/Summer 2016). 

“¡ Bienvenidos and Shalom to Our Dear Jewish Friends!,” Jewish Currents (July 2016).

"Xocolatl," Dark as a Hazel Eye, Ragged Sky Press (Spring 2016).

“Adrián de Sevilla,” Rosebud (Winter 2015).

“Bastille Day Parade,” “The Eternal Dunderhead,” “Keeping Time,” “Love Poem for the

   Larger Scheme of Things,” “Missing Links,” “The Myth of Love,” “Nature Studies,”

  “Reasons for Being an Emperor on Horseback,” “Root,” “Ways We Hold,” “The Zigzag

  of Light,” Occupation II: Talisman Press Anthology (Spring 2015).

“The Origin of Peace,” Blanket Stories (Spring 2014).

“Sevilla, No Hay Más Que Una,” Not Somewhere Else But Here: A Contemporary

   Anthology of Women and Place (February 2014).

“Means of Support,” So to Speak (Summer 2013).

“Precipitation,” Construction (July 2013).

“Ways We Hold,” The Waiting Room Reader, CavanKerry Press (Spring


“The Difficult Art of Love and Flamenco,” Spicy Letter (July 2012).

Ways We Hold, Dos Madres Press (2012).

“Squash,” American Society: What Poets See (January 2012).

“In the Beginning, In the End,” “Bastille Day Parade,” Shot Glass Journal (Winter 2011)

“Olé, the Rhythms of Sevilla,” Serving House Journal (Fall 2011)

“Force of Nature,” Crow Talking Anthology (Winter 2011).

“Never Mind Samson,” Adanna, Issue 1 (Summer 2011).

 “Writer’s Blocks: New York City’s Library Way,” The AWP Writer’s Chronicle

   (February 2011).

“The Gold Purse,” Poetica (Fall 2010)

“The Marvel of Sevilla,” Travelers’ Tales: Editor’s Choice (May-June 2010).

“Arts & Letters Revisited,” Teaching Creative Writing to Undergraduates:

  A Resource and Guide for Fountainhead Press (Spring 2010).

“A Portion,” Gastronomica (Summer 2009).

“Eustace Tilley Comes to Class,” The Chronicle of Higher Education/Chronicle Review

  V. LV, No. 36 (May 15, 2009).

“Arts & Letters Revisited,” Best of the AWP Papers (Spring 2009).

“Floe Chart,” Best of ZYZZYVA (Spring 2009).

“The Myth of Love,” Tuesday: An Art Project (Fourth Issue: Fall 2008).

“Love Poem for the Larger Scheme of Things,” Sow’s Ear (Winter 2007).

“Character,” Tuesday; An Art Project (Premier Issue: Spring 2007).

 “Floe Chart,” ZYZZYVA (Spring 2006).

The Roots of Desire, Thicket Press (Spring 2005).

“Self-Defense,” Cloud View Poets Anthology  (Spring 2005).

“Obstructed Eavesdropping at an Outdoor Café,” Caffeine Society (November 2004).

“San Franciscans: A Unique Breed,” Virgin Atlantic Magazine (Fall 2004).

“Nature Studies,” Puerto del Sol (Spring 2004).

 “Unified Theory, San Francisco Chronicle Sunday Book Section (September 2003).

Tangle Vine, Thicket Press (Spring 2003).

“Ways We Hold,” “Flamenco Class,”  “About Watching the World from the Edge.” (March 2003).

“Bastille Day Parade,” Poet Lore, (Spring 2002).

“How to Play Basketball,” “The Proposal.” San Francisco Chronicle (October 2002).

 “Aftermath,” “Revisiting Paris,” “Self-Defense,” “Shared Strengths,” “Sightseeing,”  “Transformations.” (March 2002).

“An Interview with Chana Bloch.”  The Writers’ Chronicle (March /April 2001).

“December in an Apartment Complex.” Bridges (Spring 2001).

“Homing In,” “Relationship.” Ignatian Literary Magazine, V. 13 (Fall 2000).

“Squash.” Oxygen (Fall 2000).

Ed., Transformations and the Art of Joan Brown, Book/Audiotape, Poets & Writers,


"End of the Line." Humanities Magazine (Fall 1999).

"What We’re Cut Out For." Coracle (Fall 1999).

"Poem as Painting as Prayer," "American Dream." Wordwrights (Spring 1999).

"Ways We Hold Life," "Rain." The Noe Valley Voice: V. XXII (October 1998).

"The Spanish Dancer's Siesta"; "A Puerto Vallarta Sunset from Seat 24E,

    Aeromexico."  Lucero:  V. IX (Spring 1998).

“Taking Heart,” Belonging to California (1997).

"Five Paint Chips." California Poets: V. 2 (1997).

 Reviews of work by Donald Hall & Marjorie Agosin. Poetry News: V. 13 (1997).

"Les Elements." Paris/Atlantic: V. XVI (Fall 1996).

"Persephone." Chain:  V. 1 (Spring/Summer 1995).

"The Clementine," "La Pluie." Paris/Atlantic: V. XI (Fall 1993).                                                

"The Importance of Watching Late Night Horror Movies with the Right Person."

   Ina Coolbrith Anthology  (1991).


Review of Ways We Hold

Dennis Daly @ Boston Area Small Press and Poetry Scene


Interview on KRON-TV