Jeanie French earned a Master's degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1995. Her first collection of poetry, Paean, was published in 2005 by Finishing Line Press. She is currently collaborating with an artist on a book about logging in the Pacific Northwest. Three of her essays about raising a teenaged daughter appeared in Ophelia’s Mom by Dr. Nina Shandler. She writes fiction as well and is working on a novel based on the Beowulf story. French taught in the California Arts in Corrections Program and now teaches full-time at the College of Southern Nevada in Las Vegas, NV, where she has been instrumental in building a new online creative writing program. She is the poetry editor for Red Rock Review.
Publications and Prizes
Paean (Finishing Line Press, 2005)
Avocet, Beginnings Magazine, Blue Collar Review, California Quarterly, Calyx, Clark Street Review, Connecticut River Review, Curious Rooms, Shemom, Southern Poetry Review
French's essay, "Glass Beach" won the non-fiction section of Knock Journal's 2005 Eco-Lit Contest.
What I'm Reading Now:
Travels in Alaska by John Muir, Hole in the Sky by William Kittredge, The Theater of Night by Alberto Rios, The 49$ Tomato by William Alexander, What Came Before He Shot Her by Elizabeth George
Childhood favorites like The Secret Garden still enthrall me. Some books I read periodically, like Tolkien's trilogy, and have done so for more than 30 years.
I don't have one. I like to read mysteries for sheer fun, and just finished a long line of Dick Francis. So last week, Dick Francis was my current fav, but this week, it may be somebody new I've picked up at the used bookstore. My reading is eclectic and not at all snobbish. I just purely love to read!
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Listing last updated: May 19, 2008