Jessie Janeshek

Jessie Janeshek's chapbooks Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish and Rah-Rah Nostalgia are forthcoming from Grey Book Press and dancing girl press respectively. Invisible Mink is her full-length collection (Iris Press, 2010). An Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at Bethany College, she holds a Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and an M.F.A. from Emerson College. She co-edited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press, 2008).


“Jessie Janeshek channels the madcap dead of occult Hollywood, and her ouija board is a synthesizer, summoning Clara Bow, Jean Harlow, Lana Turner, Veronica Lake, Carole Lombard, Marilyn, and Madonna to her mysterious House of Wax. These are daring poems calling on Dracula, drugs, and Dick Tracy; a velvet underground of film, fantasy, and nostalgia. The new wave and gothic invention of Madcap establishes Janeshek as one of contemporary poetry’s great risk-takers….”

Jessie Janeshek's three full-length books of poetry are MADCAP (Stalking Horse Press, in 2019), The Shaky Phase (Stalking Horse Press, 2017), and Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010). Her 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), Channel U (Grey Book Press, forthcoming), and Hardscape (Reality Beach, forthcoming). With Jesse Graves, she coedited the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers (KWG Press 2008).

“If you don’t adore The Shaky Phase you are doomed. I’ve been reading Janeshek’s gorgeous poems for years. They fill me with baroque joys, vertigo, and envy! She is one of the best poets of her generation.”
Peter Jay Shippy, author of A Spell of Songs