Jan Seale

Creative Nonfiction Writer, Fiction Writer, Poet

(956) 686-4033

Author's Bio

Jan Seale, the 2012-13 Texas Poet Laureate, is the author of eleven poetry volumes, two books of short stories, four nonfiction volumes, and several children’s books. Her writing has been published in such media as Texas Monthly, The Yale Review, and Writer’s Digest. Dramatic fiction has been featured on National Public Radio, at the Black Box Theatre in Boston, and at the Dallas Museum of Art. Her latest book of poetry is The Parkinson Poems, while the latest nonfiction is Nature Nurture Neither. Seale has taught writing at three universities and has held a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She lives on the Texas-Mexico border.

Publications & Prizes

Creative Nonfiction

What Wildness Is This (University of Texas Press, 2007)


Appearances (Lamar University Literary Press, 2013)


Her Texas (Wings Press, 2015)
Goodbye, Mexico (Texas Review Press, 2014)
Writing on the Wind (Texas Tech University Press, 2005)
Birds in the Hand (Northpoint Press, 2004)
Let's Hear It (Texas A&M University Press, 2003)
Jan Seale: New and Selected Poems (Texas Christian University Press, 2013)
The Parkinson Poems (Lamar University Literary Press, 2013)
The Wonder Is: New & Selected Poems 1974-2012 (Ink Brush Press, 2012)
Nape (Ink Brush Press, 2011)
Valley Ark: Life Along the Rio, w/ Ansen Seale (Knowing Press, 2005)
Airlift (Texas Christian University Press, 1992)
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Midwest Poetry Review
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Rockhurst Review
Texas Monthly
Yale Review
Prizes won: 

National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry 1982
Winner in PEN/NEA Syndicated Fiction Projects: 1983, 1984, l987, l988, l989, l991
Texas Council for the Humanities Speakers’ Bureau, 2000-2014
Bill Burke and Dolly Sprunk Awards, New York Poetry Forum, 1976-77
Kathryn Morris Memorial Award, Poetry Society of Texas, l970
Finalist, Violet Crown Award, Poetry, 2006
The Willa Literary Award, Editor, Best Creative Nonfiction, 2008

More Information

Gives readings: 
Travels for readings: 
Identifies as: 
White, Christian
Prefers to work with: 
Naturalists/Environmentalists, Seniors
Born in: 
Pilot Point
Raised in: 
Waxahachie, TX
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Last update: Jun 01, 2015