Tina Schumann

Tina Schumann is the author of the poetry collections As If (Parlor City Press, 2010), which was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize, and Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues (Diode Editions, 2017), which won the 2016 Diode Editions Chapbook Contest. She has been a finalist in the National Poetry Series, Four Way Books Intro Prize, and the New Issues Prize. She is the recipient of the 2009 American Poet Prize from The American Poetry Journal and a Pushcart nominee. She is the curator and editor of the anthology Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press, 2017). Her poems have appeared in various publications and anthologies since 1999 including the American Journal of Poetry, Ascent, Cimarron Review, Crab Creek Review, Midwest Quarterly, Nimrod, Palabra, Parabola, Poemeleon, Poetry International, Terrain.org, and the Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine. Read more about Tina at www.tinaschumann.com.

All Books

Praising the Paradox

Tina Schumann

Publication Date: July 9, 2019

$17.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-617-1


Poems about life/loss/childhood/concepts of self and the larger meanings of existence.

This full collection of fifty-six poems reflecting on the concept of self, loss, fragility, and the constructs we must create in order to face the transient nature of life was named a finalist in the National Poetry Series, The New Issues Poetry Prize, The Four Way Books Intro Prize, and others. It was also listed as a “remarkable work” in the Tupelo Press 2012 open submission period.


“What I admire most in Praising the Paradox is the resilience throughout and an awareness of the common world that both comforts and devastates. These poems navigate a landscape of loss where what goes on is the sway of stoplights, the waitress with her coffee-pot suspended in mid-air, the everyday moments that gather momentum and make a life. These poems celebrate the small gestures, carrying pain alongside joy, reminding us we are alive.” —Dorianne Laux, author of The Book of Men, winner of the Paterson Prize, and Facts About the Moon, winner of the Oregon Book Award

“Tina Schumann’s Praising the Paradox is a rich guidebook for a life—a grand companion. These deeply satisfying poems, with their lush images and fluid sound movements, unfold in elegance, settling the spirit. In every stanza, Schumann’s honest voice feels compelling and humble—‘what radiant resignation / to be so much / less than I / could have ever hoped for’—offering largeness of vision, grace, and enormous reading pleasure. ‘I simply left / blank spaces along the way; an ellipse here, a dash there.’ Nothing forced, nothing labored. What a treat.”—Naomi Shihab Nye, chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (2010–2015) and author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East and Voices in the Air

Two-Countries: US Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents

Tina Schumann

Publication Date: October 17, 2017

$18.95 Tradepaper

ISBN: 978-1-59709-606-5


The newest addition to Red Hen’s Anthology Series, Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents is an anthology of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry edited by the adult child of an immigrant born and raised in the US. The collection contains contributions from seventy writers who were either born and/or raised in the US by one or more immigrant parent. Their work describes the many contradictions, discoveries and life lessons one experiences when one is neither seen as fully American nor fully foreign. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Joseph Lagaspi, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Oliver de la Paz, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers from throughout the US.


“When you hold in your DNA two countries—the cultures, the languages, the delicious foods and stories—you embody richness. These writers know on the cellular level many layered ways to live, to struggle, to love. Here are voices we need to hear, writers we need to read. This is a brilliant, timely book, an antidote to divisiveness.” —Peggy Shumaker, Alaska State Writer Laureate and author of Gnawed Bones and Just Breathe Normally.

“In their accounts of assimilation and nostalgia, celebration and resistance, the poets and writers in Two-Countries show that one result of our ongoing national experiment is a rich deepening in our literature. We may be in perilous times as a country, but our writers have never been in more ferocious health —Rick Barot, Author of Chord and recipient of the Rilke Prize and the PEN Open Book Award.


PRAISING THE PARADOX poet Tina Schumann featured on Spokane Public Radio!

Yvonne Higgins Leach Reads “For I Have Sinned” by Tina Schumann Yvonne Higgins Leach is the author of Another Autumn (Cherry Grove Collections, 2014). Her poems have been published in The South Carolina Review, South Dakota Review, Spoon River Review, The Cimarron Review, POEM, and others. She spent decades balancing a career in communications and public relations, raising […]

Coastal Shelf has featured one of Tina Schumann’s poems this week!

Issue 1|2: “Nothing Personal” by Tina Schumann ~ Nothing Personal Is it the wind carousing the birch tree across the street?The reliable creak of the screen door, or the catssleeping face in sunlight? Maybe it’s last night’s dreamof your mother played by an actress who looked…

Poets on Craft: Tina Schumann and Jenna Le

Poets on Craft is a cyberspace for contemporary poets to share their thoughts and ideas on the process of poetry and for students to discover new ways of approaching the writing of poetry. In the face of a pandemic that is both viral and political, it is a resource for strength and creativity, friendship and beauty, […]