Rachlin and Bundschuh: Poems in Dialogue


  • Ellen Rachlin
  • Jessica Bundschuh




Jessica and Ellen are old friends, living continents apart who met up in Regensburg in May 2022. Upon exiting a circular stairwall of the Old Town Hall, they noticed a bronze nail bent, rusted and lying on the ground. Jessica held it in her open palm and suggested that they each write a poem about the nail. What may appear to contain shades of a Shelleyesque challenge was not a competition at all, but a mutual encouragement to write a poem. 

Author Biographies

Ellen Rachlin

Ellen Rachlin is the author of Permeable Divide, Until Crazy Catches Me (Antrim House), as well as two chapbooks – Captive to Residue (Flarestack UK) and Waiting for Here (Finishing Line Press), and winner of the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Silver Award, and a finalist in the Best Book Award and New Women’s Voices series. She serves as Treasurer of the Poetry Society of America.

Jessica Bundschuh

Jessica Bundschuh’s poems have appeared in The Paris ReviewThe Los Angeles Review, The Moth, Long Poem Magazine, The Honest Ulsterman and Shearsman Magazine. She teaches at the University of Stuttgart in the English Literatures and Cultures department and holds a Ph.D. in Creative Writing and English Literature.




How to Cite

Rachlin, E., and J. Bundschuh. “Rachlin and Bundschuh: Poems in Dialogue”. New American Studies Journal: A Forum, vol. 74, Sept. 2023, https://doi.org/10.18422/74-1384.