New Book - "The King's Coin: Danish American Poems"

  • June 07, 2021
  • June 14, 2021
  • 2 sessions
  • June 07, 2021 (CDT)
  • June 14, 2021 (CDT)


Dr. Finn Bille is pleased to announce his fourth book, The King's Coin: Danish-American Poems. The title poem, “The Kings Coin” includes a memory of seeing the funeral procession of King Christian X and noting the riderless horse pass by with an empty saddle.

Although his current book is a collection of poems, his story, A Marzipan Christmas appeared in The Danish Pioneer a few years ago.

Dr. Bille attended high school in Copenhagen, attended both the University of Copenhagen and Pepperdine University in California, and served in the Royal Danish Navy. He received a master's degree and a Ph.D. in English at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Dr. Bille lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with Jeanne, his wife of 56 years.

Dr. Bille is anxious to share these poems with appreciative readers and is now arranging readings at museums, bookstores, civic centers, and other venues with arts-minded audiences. 

He can offer copies of the book for sale at presentations, but his objective is to share the words. The book is available as a free download on his web page here -

Free Download and Ordering

Review - 

"In The King’s Coin, Bille’s graceful, vivid poems work a kind of magic, putting the poet’s Danish memories and songs into eloquent English while capturing the ephemeral but undeniable cost of emigration and adaptation to a new cultural context. As a poetic autobiography, it is both poignant and thought-provoking. What are the sounds and smells and fleeting sights that shape our sense of self? This collection makes a sensually and emotionally rich contribution to the literature of hyphenated identity that should resonate with readers far beyond the borders of both the remembered Denmark and America he so skillfully evokes".

– Julie K. Allen. Danish but Not Lutheran; editor,The Bridge: Journal of the Danish American Heritage Society

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PO Box 1003
Wilmette, Illinois 60091

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