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Regine Dubono, a French born writer came to the US. With her family as an emigrant in 1958. She traded the full scholarship she had won to study literature at the Sorbonnes in Paris for a scholarship to study science at Fairleigh Dickinson. She was influenced by the mysteries of Agatha Christie and the novels of Danielle Steele. The French poets Baudelaire and Victor Hugo were her favorite. She used to raise funds at the age of 10, she used to raise funds for her Catholic school by reciting the FABLES OF LAFONTAINE. At 19, she won a prize in Comedy (Jeanne Moreau) for the part of Agnes in Moliere’s L’Ecole des Femmes. (Le petit chat est mort.) In the US. She sometimes worked as an actress in particular in the plays of Nomi Rubel (Squirrel Island which won a prize.) and as an extra. While her passion was writing, she devoted her life to such jobs as working as a chemist, (Hoffmann La Roche, Schering), head start teacher, play therapist, head hunter, Curator, and real estate broker. She was a founder of Art Is For Mental Health, a non-profit corporation in NJ since 1987, That advocates for art programs for teenagers to help them cope in a non-verbal way with the flood of non-verbal emotions that come with puberty. Dubono started publishing her works in 2006. They are A German Diary, (renamed Youths Hostels), Hearts and Souls, a collection of short stories about women’ inner lives, Mama Bellissima (Alzheimer), Sleeping Beauty Isn’t a Fairy Tale, and Listentomymusic.us. She invites inquiries and feedback about her work: Dubonoregine@yahoo.com A review Sleeping beauty is a post-feminist manifesto which leapfrogs heady theory with visceral bone-chilling directness. In the spirit of Albert Camus, Regine Dubono’s dilemmas are played out with fierce existential honesty and courage. Regine and Desiree are revealed as the "other" in an unspoken hierarchical caste system. Guinea pigs of an Apollonian, corporate, institutionalized, hegemonic, bureaucratic, tyrannizing system. Yet here is represented a fight without rancor, a battle for self-defintion whose language creates new definfitions and models for co-existing. How can it be that in reading the inner thoughts of two women entwined in the most desperate of human circumstances, who bleed so heavily into their own pain that, like the cycles of the moon, we are transported directly in participation with the rythm of nature?. " Art gives meaning to life, especially music." Regine’s fierce sense of injustice is spoken in the language of woman, artist, mother chemist, immigrant, lawyer, proleteriate and intelligentsia. Regine is able to mystically . fuse with the external world where everything is Art and Sacred. She invents a language of the body and the oppressed to communicate this knowledge as in the story entitled: "my daughter, myself." In her encounter with endless authoritarian figures:..ie. doctors, police, therapists, husband, supervisor, etc she always treats her tormentor with truth, dignity and compassion. Sleeping beauty opens to the heart of feminism, rousing language from its unconscious service to the prevailing social order. Regine Dubono simply communicates in transcendent, delightfully girlish, and archetyply feminine poetical prose.

Accomplishments

Dubonon won National writing contests in High school and the Creative writing contest at FDU for her short story SWEET LUCIE. She had a
diversified career.over a period of ten years
as Curator, she wrote art criticism and served as MC for over 200 artshows that she curated.
As a real estate broker, more recently she helped many low income family find suitable homes. THe best example of her community work
lies in the ART IS FOR MENTAL HEALTH, corporation she helped found in 1987, dedicated to advocate for art programs for youth.

Additional Information

recent works include Mama Bellissima and Sleepng Beauty isn't a fairy tale. lulu.com/reginedubonobook



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