Jeannie E. Roberts

Poet

Author's Bio

Jeannie E. Roberts has authored five poetry collections, including her newest chapbook As If Labyrinth - Pandemic Inspired Poems (Kelsay Books, April, 2021), TheWingspan of Things, a poetry chapbook (Dancing Girl Press, 2017), Romp and Ceremony, a full-length poetry collection (Finishing Line Press, 2017), Beyond Bulrush, a full-length poetry collection (Lit Fest Press, 2015), and Nature of it All, a poetry chapbook (Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her second children's book, Rhyme the Roost! A Collection of Poems and Paintings for Children, was published by Daffydowndilly Press, an imprint of Kelsay Books, 2019. She is also the author and illustrator of Let's Make Faces!, a children's book dedicated to her son (author-published, 2009). Her work appears in North American and international online magazines, print journals and anthologies. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, she lives near Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, holds a B.S. in secondary education and an M.A. in arts administration (arts and cultural management). She is a member of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, is the poetry reader and editor of the online literary magazine Halfway Down the Stairs, and is a 2021 Best of the Net award nominee. When she’s not reading, writing, or editing, you can find her drawing and painting, or outdoors photographing her natural surroundings. *Please note: Priory Writers' Retreat, the workshop/writers' retreat that is listed below, was previously called "Cirenaica" (Roberts was a June, 2018, attendee: "Words To Hold A Glittering World: Crossing Genres Mindfully." The Writer-In-Residence for this retreat was Holly J. Hughes, author, poet, professor, and naturalist. Additionally, a special craft talk and poetry reading was presented by Max Garland, author, poet, Professor Emeritus at UW-Eau Claire, recent Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire, and the former Poet Laureate of Wisconsin.). 

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Wisconsin Poets' Calendar (forthcoming) (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2022)
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Sheltering with Poems, Community and Connection during COVID (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2021)
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The Poeming Pigeon: From Pandemic to Protest (forthcoming) (Poetry Box, 2021)
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Through The Looking Glass: Reflecting on Madness and Chaos Within (Indie Blu(e) Publishing, 2021)
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Twin Towers, Twin Decades - Poetry For The 20th Anniversary of 9/11 (Local Gems Press, 2021)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Our 35th Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2021)
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A Pathway To Dreams (Local Gems Press, 2020)
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An Ariel Anthology, 2020, Discovery (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2020)
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The Mondo (Local Gems Press, 2020)
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The Poeming Pigeon: Pop Culture (Poetry Box, 2020)
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Trees in a Garden of Ashes (Local Gems Press, 2020)
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Walt Whitman Collaborative Project (forthcoming) (Local Gems Press, 2020)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Going Places -- Near and Far (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2020)
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A Walk with Nature: Poetic Encounters that Nourish the Soul (University Professors Press, 2019)
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Celebrating Wisconsin People, Wisconsin Poets' Calendar (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2019)
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Pirence's Fountain Culinary Poems, Vol. 12, Iss. 20 (Glass Lyre Press, 2019)
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Poets to Come: A Poetry Anthology, Walt Whitman's Bicentennial (Local Gems Press, 2019)
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Bramble, Spring 2018 (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2018)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2018)
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An Ariel Anthology, Eclipse Edition (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2017)
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Bramble, Fall 2017: Everyday Magic (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2017)
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Bramble, Summer 2017: Hanging On (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2017)
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The Poeming Pigeon: Poems from the Garden, Volume 3, Issue 1 (Poetry Box, 2017)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Our 31st Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2017)
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An Ariel Anthology, Inward & Outward (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2016)
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Nancy Drew Anthology (Silver Birch Press, 2016)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Shadows and Reflections (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2016)
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Grieving with Your Whole Heart (Skylight Paths Publishing, 2015)
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The Poeming Pigeon: Poems About Food, Volume 1, Issue 2 (Poetry Box, 2015)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Our 29th Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2015)
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An Ariel Anthology, Transformational Poetry & Art (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2014)
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Three Minus One: Stories of Parents' Love & Loss (She Writes Press, 2014)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Celebrating Our 28th Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2014)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Celebrating Our 27th Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2013)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Celebrating Our 26th Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2012)
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Goose River Anthology, 2011 (Goose River Press, 2011)
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Wisconsin Poets' Calendar, Celebrating Our 25th Year of Publication (Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2011)
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Goose River Anthology, 2010 (Goose River Press, 2010)
Books:
Rhyme the Roost! A Collection of Poems and Paintings for Children (Kelsay Books, 2019)
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Romp and Ceremony (Finishing Line Press, 2017)
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Beyond Bulrush (Lit Fest Press, 2015)
Chapbooks:
As If Labyrinth - Pandemic Inspired Poems (Kelsay Books, 2021)
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The Wingspan of Things (Dancing Girl Press, 2017)
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Nature of it All (Finishing Line Press, 2013)
Journals:
A Year of Being Here
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Amethyst
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Anti-Heroin Chic
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Artemis
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Barstow & Grand
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Blue Fifth Review
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Blue Heron Review
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Festival Writer
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Halfway Down the Stairs
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HIV Here & Now
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Minnesota Women's Press
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Paddock Review
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Portage Magazine
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Praxis Online
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Presence
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Quill & Parchment
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Red Cedar Review
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Rye Whiskey Review
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Silver Birch Press
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The Blue Max Review
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The Miscreant
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The Nervous Breakdown
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The Piker Press
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The Poetry Storehouse
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Verse Wisconsin
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Visual Verse: An Anthology of Art and Words
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Writing in a Woman's Voice
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Yellow Chair Review
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Your Daily Poem
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Zingara Poetry Review
Prizes won: 

She is a Best of the Net award nominee for her poem "Noticing Arcs, Color, and the Spectral Luster of Hope" (Blue Heron Review, Issue12, Spring 2021). In 2007, her poem, "La Luz," won first place in the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’s statewide poetry contest. Musical composer Daniel Kellogg set her poem to music via an orchestral score with choir. In 2008, this new work was performed by the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra with the Dudley Birder Chorale. In addition to winning first place, two other poems were awarded honorable mentions in this contest.  

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Jane Hirshfield, Ted Kooser, W.S. Merwin, Naomi Shihab Nye, Mary Oliver, Kay Ryan, David Whyte and more . . .

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
American
Prefers to work with: 
Any
Fluent in: 
English
Born in: 
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota
Raised in: 
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota
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Last update: Oct 05, 2021