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).


Cover design by James Reich

Cover design by James Reich

The Shaky Phase

Full-length Collection, Stalking Horse Press, 2017

"Jessie Janeshek's poetry vaporizes the walls in my brain, and floods it with visceral, musical, magical, sensual rapture. It's hypnotic post-punk witchcraft streaming live from the deserts of the subconscious; it's feral forest creatures & frisky mountain housewives eating mushrooms and reading each others' dream journals. In other words, it's my favorite poetry on earth right now, and The Shaky Phase is an exemplary collection of it."

--Joseph P. O'Brien, Managing Editor of FLAPPERHOUSE

 

Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish

Cover design by Scott Sweeney

Cover design by Scott Sweeney

Poetry Chapbook by Jessie Janeshek, Grey Book Press, 2016

"Ever wonder what would have happened if Kathy Acker and Flannery O'Connor had collaborated on a book of poems? The result may have looked something (although nowhere close) to Jessie Janeshek's latest book 'Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish.' Comparisons aren't fair in any case, this is especially true here, as Janeshek is in full control of the place that she wants to take you, a place that once took control from girls is now reclaimed...Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish is pure punch-poetry, it never misses a beat and it certainly never misses its mark. Read this book and be changed. Or better yet, read this book and change."

--James Diaz, Editor and Founder of Anti-Heroin Chic

Cover design by Kristy Bowen

Cover design by Kristy Bowen

 

Rah-Rah Nostalgia

Poetry Chapbook by Jessie Janeshek, dancing girl press, 2016

 

Invisible Mink
Full-length Collection, Iris Press, 2010

Cover Design by Beto Cumming

Cover Design by Beto Cumming

“‘It’s staying light later,’ the narrator of the opening poem tells us, ‘I’m in the mood to meditate Bette Davis….’ The poems deliver verses on seductive female stars from the films of the 1930s and beyond. Like the stars they’re watching, the poems become the empowered ones: language is theirs to play with, to betray….

Each poem is impeccably crafted, syllable by syllable. The line breaks are as good as a crisp Pinot Grigio. No, wait, for the Bette and Lucy poems, pour yourself a martini. The Perpignan poems might like a tumbler of rosé.”

                                                         --from the preface by Marilyn Kallet, author of The Love That Moves Me

Cover Design by Chad Pelton

Cover Design by Chad Pelton

Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers
Edited Collection by Jessie Janeshek and Jesse Graves, KWG Press, 2008

“As the title suggests, the poetry and prose in this generous anthology gives us the lay of the land—both how it lays and why. I am struck by the range of voices here, the details of memory, the visionary leaps; but I am also struck by what these voices have in common. It seems contradictory to stand in dismay at having survived a hard world, and also to lament the passage of that very world. Yet, like it or not, that bittersweet position is very often where we are. Such a perspective allows us to see our own lives, our histories, and the paths we’ve taken with a measure of honesty. That’s exactly what we ask of literature, and what literature asks, in turn, of us—to be reminded of what we’ve always known.”

--Maurice Manning, author of The Gone and the Going Away and The Common Man

Outscape is a beautiful collection, bursting at the seams with some of the best fiction, poetry, and essays of the region. From dedicated, established writers like Marilyn Kallet and Jeff Daniel Marion to the powerful emerging voices of Marianne Worthington and Donna McClanahan, this is an anthology that showcases the incredible depth of talent we have in this lyrical place while offering pieces that are sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and always thought-provoking.

--Silas House, author of The Coal Tattoo and Eli the Good