I am thrilled to announce that my latest collection of poems – Life in the Poorhouse – is being published this fall by Finishing Line Press.

The poems are memories of my childhood and written to honor my father who spent 34 years caring for the residents of the “Poorhouse” – The Stark County Home – a facility for people who were homeless or had no one to care for them. My family lived there while my father was superintendent.

To give you a taste of what you can expect from the collection, here’s what a few who have read the poems have said:

“It is easy to grow attached to the people that lived at the “Poorhouse” during Dunne’s childhood: Moses, Ella Mae, Miss Tyce and Angel Mary. Dunne’s generous honesty in her writing lets us see the nature and culture of this safe, curious home. We learn about tractors, tree houses, fathers and ghosts. We learn about less, and as a result, about more, in these accessible poems.”
~ Lauren Camp, author of This Business of Wisdom
“In poem after poem, the author remembers how the off-beat members of this ad-hoc family bounced off of and cared for one another under the gentle guidance of her father, the dedicatee of this enchanting collection.”
~ Judith Hemschemeyer, author of five books of poetry and translator of The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova
The size of the first print run depends on advance sales of the book, so I encourage you to order one now if you’re interested — it will really help ensure the size and timing of the book’s release. I will be very appreciative!

The release date for the book is September 7th and advance sales end July 12th.

The size of the first print run depends on advance sales of the book, so I encourage you to order by July 12th if you’re interested.


You can also order by mail.  Send order info and payment to:

Finishing Line Press
PO Box 1626
Georgetown, KY 40324

Books are $14 + $2.49 shipping. If ordering multiple copies, shipping is $2.49 for the first copy and $1.49 for each additional copy.

Thank you so much for your support!

p.s. If you missed my first collection of poems – Cocktail Shaker, published in 2008 – there are still copies available to order online.