Bio, Profiles, Press, Contact

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Short bio:

Jessamyn Smyth’s writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, received honorable mention in Best American Short Stories (2006), and has garnered a long list of prizes. Her books The Inugami Mochi and Gilgamesh/Wilderness are from Saddle Road Press (2016, 2017), and Kitsune is available from Finishing Line Press (2013).

Long bio:

Jessamyn’s collection of short stories The Inugami Mochi (Saddle Road Press, 2016) is available now through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell’s, IndieBound, etc., and her collection of hybrid-poetry, Gilgamesh/Wilderness, is forthcoming in 2017, also from Saddle Road Press. Her chapbook Kitsune was a winner in the New Women’s Voices Series of Finishing Line Press (2013), and will soon be followed by two more Trickster cycles. Her short story “A More Perfect Union” from American Letters and Commentary Issue 17 (November 2005) was selected as one of the “100 Distinguished Stories of 2005” by Best American Short Stories 2006. She was a recent finalist for both the Living Earth Nonfiction Prize of Blue Lyra Review (2014) and the Neil Shepard Prize of Green Mountains Review (2013). Her poetry, short stories, and prose appears in Life and Legends, The Taos Journal of International Poetry and Prose, Red Rock Review, Nth Position, Naugatuck River Review, Cezanne’s Carrot, MiCrow/Full of Crow, Abalone Moon, Qarrtsiluni, The Montucky Review, Meat for Tea, Wingbeats: Exercises and Practice in Poetry, and other journals and anthologies.

Jessamyn built and directed the international Quest Writer’s Conference in June of 2015: a stellar faculty of warm, generous, and brilliant teacher-writers including Alicia Ostriker, Joy Harjo, Gregory Orr, Oliver de la Paz, and Rebecca Brown came together with writers from all over the world in Squamish, British Columbia for an intensive immersion in both craft and creative community. She was also the founder, creator, and Editor in Chief of the literary & arts journal Tupelo Quarterly.

Jessamyn’s plays have been produced by Arena Civic Theater, Naked Theater, The Paul Alexander Gallery, The Country Players, and The Shea Theater Festival of New Work. Jessamyn is a recipient of a Robert Francis Foundation fellowship, a 2010-2011 Welcome Hill fellowship, a 2007 artist’s grant from The Vermont Community Foundation, and a 2004 special grant recipient of the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference. She was 2014-2016 visiting faculty in Humanities at Quest University in British Columbia, and has taught at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst in The Commonwealth Honors College, Middlebury College, The University of Pennsylvania’s Writer’s Conference, and several other schools throughout New England. She is currently founding faculty for Bard College’s new micro-college in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which is offering access to a top tier education for talented women scholars who have children: the program removes barriers by supplying childcare and tuition waiver for the first two years of university.

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A new interview, in the January 2016 issue of American Microreviews and Interviews:

On wilderness as map and the cartography of grief, vulnerability as strength, non-human-centered relationships, hybridity of form, and much else, in conversation with the wonderful Melissa Studdard.

“We know, on some level, that in order for there to be substantive transformation, some kind of profound boundary-crossing must happen. Those crossings cost a lot.”

Enjoy!

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You can read a Tupelo Press profile of Jessamyn by Eric Darton here.

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You can read an arts profile of Jessamyn in the Squamish Chief here. Photograph by Rebecca Aldous.

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Headshots, for press:

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Web sized portrait by Waldemar Zagorski Photography (please credit)

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Full size portrait by Waldemar Zagorski Photography (please credit)

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You may also feel free to use other photos of Jessamyn from this site, citing “by author permission.”

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Contact for readings, classroom visits, Q & A’s, library and book club visits, by Skype or otherwise:

jessamynjsmyth at gmail dot com

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