Fox's poetic canvas is vast, deftly painted with an array of dazzling colors. The subjects of her poems are as intriguingly eclectic as her spot-on allusions. She writes of family, travel, the joy of perception and reflection, the arts, and the facets of her Jewish heritage, and she does so with an ease of diction which belies the consummate poetic skill subtly manifest in each and every poem, "...refracting / light into spectral colors."
Larry D. Thomas
Texas Poet Laureate
In Postcards Home, Dede Fox invites us to thumb through a photo album of favorite places and compelling images, some from Texas and others further afield. Poem by poem, we are introduced to remarkable characters in situations we recognize as our own. With photographic clarity, her reflections of loving, losing, living and believing, like her title poem, remind us that all journeys lead home.
Author of Along Greathouse Road and
Letting Myself In
About the Author
Dede Fox's poetry appears in Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, di-verse-city, The Enigmatist, Far Out: Poems of the 60's, Houston Poetry Fest, Poetica, Sol, A Summer's Poems, Swirl, Texas Poetry Calendar, and Untameable City: Poems on the Nature of Houston.
Her poem "Chapultepec Park" won the 2008 Christina Sergeyevna Award at the Austin International Poetry Festival and she has twice been a juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest. Poetica Press published Confessions of a Jewish Texan, her debut collection in May, 2013, and Ink Brush Press introduced Postcards Home in September, 2014.
Children's writing credits include The Treasure in the Tiny Blue Tin, which received the Association of Jewish Libraries' Sydney Taylor Manuscript Award and was later listed in Linda Silver's Best Jewish Books for Children and Teens. Highlights Magazine has published several of Dede's nonfiction articles.
A native Texan, Dede attended the University of the Americas in Mexico City and graduated with a BA in English from Washington University in St. Louis and an M Ed in Supervision from SFASU. She continues her writing education with In Print Houston, SCBWI, and Highlights Foundation workshops.
A former public school teacher and librarian, Dede teaches with Houston's Writers in the Schools and is the Artist in Residence at the Bryan Federal Prison Camp for Women. She also serves on the Montgomery County Literary Arts Council and the Greater Conroe Arts Alliance.
2011 Texas Poet Laureate, David Parsons, presenting Montgomery County Poet Laureate proclamation to Dede Fox.
- Bay Area Writers League
- Sam Houston Area Reading Council
- Greater Houston Area Reading Council
- Texas Library Association Conference: "A Taste of Texas"
- Young Adult Conference at Sam Houston State University
- JCC-Houston Book Fair
- Association of Jewish Libraries Conference
School Visits & Writing Workshops
- Bear Creek Elementary -Katy ISD
- Buckalew Elementary -Conroe ISD
- Grangerland Intermediate -Conroe ISD
- Old Town Elementary -Round Rock ISD
- Turner Elementary -Houston ISD
- Kujawa Elementary -Aldine ISD
- Condit Elementary -Houston ISD
- The Shlenker School
From postcards to fellow travelers, the author focuses on passages. Like the character in her poem "Accommodations," Dede Fox, a keen observer and image collector, "breaks apart pieces of life at the seams and mosaics them into some kind of whole, building a work of art from shards."
Confessions of a Jewish Texan
"Dede Fox presents a poetry collection in Confessions of a Jewish Texan that scorches the skin and pierces the soul like the Texas heat. Her concepts and imagery burn into collective memory of immigration, assimilation, and American Jewish life, no matter where you live."
2009-2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
Dos Gatos Press, 2016
Wings Press, 2016
Just Passing Through
DOJ, Bryan FPC 2016
Mutabilis Press, 2015
Lone Star Community College
2006-2009, 2011, 2015-2016
2007-2009, 2012, 2015
2013 Summer Issue
2009, 2010, 2012, 2013
Juried Poet 2007, 2009
InPrint Poetry Workshops 2006
A historical fiction by Dede Fox Ducharme, won the Eighth Annual Sydney Taylor Manuscript Competition. After its publication by Texas Christian University Press, the Association of Jewish Libraries named it a 1998 Honor Book.
"Building Friendships" April, 2015
"Bringing Costumes to Life" June, 2013
"The Westwood Elementary Knitters" August, 2008
"Adora Svitak" December, 2007
Texas! 1997 State Studies Program
Rand McNally and Company
Treasure Hunt: Stories Grandpa Told
Students learn how to interview family members, collect oral histories, and harvest details to use in their writing.
Texas History: Be Your Own Hero
Popular with students of Texas History, this presentation focuses on ways to record and collect primary source historical information for use in journals, drawings, photographs, scrapbooks, tapes, and blogs.
Word Magic: What Frederick Knew about Poetry
Children learn how to use the magic of everyday objects and emotions to create poetry.
Reflections: Finding You Own Voice
With examples from her own poetry, Dede introduces literary elements which young writers can apply to their compositions.
Postcards Home is available online from dedefox.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Powell's. If you order through dedefox.com, your copy will be signed.