Jessie Janeshek Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English
Morlan Hall, Room 224
Jessie Janeshek’s three full-length books of poetry are “MADCAP” (Stalking Horse Press, 2019), “The Shaky Phase” (Stalking Horse Press, 2017), and “Invisible Mink” (Iris Press, 2010). Her poetry chapbooks include “Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish” (Grey Book Press, 2016), “Rah-Rah Nostalgia” (dancing girl press, 2016), “Supernoir” (Grey Book Press, 2017), “Auto-Harlow” (Shirt Pocket Press, 2018), “Hardscape” (Reality Beach, 2019), and “Channel U” (Grey Book Press, 2020). With poet Jesse Graves, she co-edited the literary anthology “Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers” (KWG Press, 2008).
It seems like a lot of people read and write to “find themselves,” but I think I do that opposite. Reading literature and writing have always enabled me to live in and create worlds other than my status quo. I hope to show students that the blank page is one place where they have complete autonomy, to make the world they want.
Ph.D., University of Tennessee-Knoxville (2010)
M.F.A., Emerson College (2005)
B.A., Bethany College (2003)
Areas of Passion & Research
Creative Writing, Poetry, American Literature, African American Literature, American Literature by Women, Rhetoric and Composition, Writing Program Administration.
Outside of reading and writing, I like cats, food, dark humor, makeup and clothing, classic Hollywood, fashion and pop culture history, exercising, true crime, travel, knitting, and sleep.
Favorite Quote, Book, or Movie … Why?
Too many to name with all of these, but I’ll say “The Third Man” or “Lady in the Lake” and that I usually gravitate toward film noir. I like that these films probe the dark side of America’s post-WWII prosperity because I think it’s interesting and also necessary to examine the underbelly of whatever seems happy and bright on the surface.
I’ve taught a number of poetry workshops as community outreach to groups including cancer survivors, high-risk teenage girls, and women living at the YWCA shelter.