Jeanann Verlee


New York, NY

Author's Bio

Jeanann Verlee is the author of three books: PREY, finalist for the Benjamin Saltman Award (Black Lawrence, 2018); Said the Manic to the Muse (Write Bloody, 2015); and Racing Hummingbirds, silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Awards (Write Bloody, 2010). She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship, the Third Coast Poetry Prize, and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize. Her poems and essays are featured in a number of journals, including Academy of American Poets, Adroit, BuzzFeed, VIDA, and Muzzle. She has served as poetry editor for Winter Tangerine Review and Union Station, among others, and as copy editor for multiple individual collections. Former director of Urbana Poetry Slam where she served as writing and performance coach, Verlee performs and facilitates workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. She collects tattoos, kisses Rottweilers, and believes in you. Find her at

Publications & Prizes

Looking for the Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters (Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2015)
The Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gusty Girls (Write Bloody Publishing, 2014)
Thrush Poetry Journal: an Anthology of the first two years (Thrush Press, 2014)
Not A Muse: The Inner Lives of Women (Haven Books, 2009)
His Rib: Poems, Stories and Essays by HER (Penmanship Books, 2007)
Said the Manic to the Muse (Write Bloody Publishing, 2015)
Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody Publishing, 2010)
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Frigg Magazine
Hot Metal Bridge
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November 3rd Club
OVS Magazine
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The Bakery
The Legendary
The Nervous Breakdown
The New York Quarterly
The Offing
The Orange Room Review
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Winter Tangerine Review
Word Riot
Prizes won: 

// National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship, Poetry (2017)

// Third Coast Poetry Prize (2014)
"Jezebel Revisits the Book of Kings" selected by Cathy Park Hong

// Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry (2012)
"Hereditary" selected by Major Jackson

// Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Poetry Racing Hummingbirds (full-length collection, Write Bloody Publishing, 2010)

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Denver, CO
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Last update: Jun 17, 2019