What They Always Were


“I trust these poems. In their clear, unflinching way they accumulate to very strong effect by showing us a life lived with seriousness and integrity, by showing us, with refreshing honesty, the poet’s trials, her griefs, her joys, her healing rituals. This is a very moving collection.”

—Michael Dennis Browne, author of You Won’t Remember This

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Norita Dittberner-Jax, the sixth of seven children, was born and raised in the Frogtown neighborhood of St. Paul, MN. A graduate of the College of Saint Catherine’s, Ms. Dittberner-Jax has long been active in the writing community–as a writer-in-the-schools for COMPAS, as a writing specialist and teacher for the St. Paul Public Schools, and as an active member of the Loft. She has won a Loft Memory Competition, a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and a Travel and Study Grant from the Jerome Foundation. She has three children, is married, and lives in St. Paul.


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