Janeshek to Give Poetry Reading at Bethany College

BETHANY, W.Va. — Jessie Janeshek, a 2003 graduate of Bethany College, will present a poetry reading at the College on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. The event will be held in the Academic Parlour, located in Bethany’s historic Old Main.

A West Virginia native, Janeshek holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College and expects to receive her doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in May 2010. Her academic concentrations include American literature before 1900, 19th-century American and British women’s poetry and contemporary women’s poetry and feminist theory.

Janeshek’s poetry and reviews appear in publications including Prairie Schooner, Washington Square, Passages North, Rougarou, Review Americana and Caduceus. She promotes her belief in the power of creative writing as community outreach by co-directing a variety of volunteer workshops in the Knoxville, Tenn., area.

Janeshek is the co-editor of Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers, published by KWG Press in 2008.

Outscape features work by more than 100 writers and artists, including Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Charles Wright and Deedee Agee, daughter of novelist James Agee.

Janeshek also works as a freelance editor and is a writing instructor for the University of Tennessee. She has served as a novel screener for the Peter Taylor Prize (Knoxville, Tenn.) and as a judge of the University of Tennessee’s Bain-Swigget Poetry Prize.

The April 11 reading is open to the public. To find out more about Janeshek’s poetry and other projects, visit www.jessiejaneshek.com.

Bethany College is a small college of national distinction located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.