Jayne Marek

Poet

Author's Bio

Jayne Marek, professor emerita of English with a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, also earned an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame. She now makes her home in the Pacific Northwest where she writes, photographs, and learns about natural history. She has held residencies at Playa, the Helen C. Whiteley Center, and Hypatia-in-the Woods and participated in the Port Townsend Writers' Conference, Skagit River Poetry Festival, LITFuse, and Orion workshops. Winner of the Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest and nominated for Best of the Net and Pushcart Prizes, she has also received two NEH fellowships for literary scholarship. Her collections include a new poetry book, Dusk-Voiced, forthcoming from Tebot Bach, the full-length books The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling (2018) and In and Out of Rough Water (2017), the chapbooks Why Horses? Red Mare #13 (2017) and Imposition of Form on the Natural World (2013), and the pamphlet River Triptych (2017). Other selections of her work appear in the poetry/art volume Triple #10 (Ravenna Press, 2020) and Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (a co-authored volume, 2013). She also wrote Women Editing Modernism (1995), a scholarly work, and compiled the Index to Poetry Magazine, 1912-1987 (1988).

Publications & Prizes

Books:
Triple #10, by Jayne Marek, Bethany Reid, and George J. Farrah (Ravenna Press, 2020)
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The Tree Surgeon Dreams of Bowling (Finishing Line Press, 2018)
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In and Out of Rough Water (Aldrich Press, 2017)
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River Triptych (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2017)
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Company of Women: New and Selected Poems (co-author) (Chatter House Press, 2013)
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Imposition of Form on the Natural World (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
Journals:
After Hours
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Eclectica
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Gravel
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Panoply
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Plainsongs
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Spillway
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The Lake
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Third Wednesday
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Turtle Island Quarterly
Prizes won: 

Bill Holm Witness Poetry Contest (Writers Rising Up), 2019. Merit Award for poem in Lost Words exhibition (Northwind Arts Best Gallery, Port Townsend, WA), 2021.

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
European American, Feminist
Prefers to work with: 
Naturalists/Environmentalists, Teachers
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
IL
Illinois
Raised in: 
IL
Illinois
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Last update: Jul 30, 2022