I have been here before / in another body, under another headless night. / Or perhaps // it is all the same night, the same night / tethering the tongues of my great-grandmothers / and their mothers.”

Jamaica (she/her/hers) hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in Third Coast, Prairie Schooner, Hayden's Ferry, The Adroit Journal, The Missouri Review, and TriQuarterly, among others. She was the winner of the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Contest in Poetry, received an honorable mention for the 2019 International Literary Award's Rita Dove Prize, and was a runner up for the 2020 Tupelo Press Berkshire Prize. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.



“Naturally,” The Massachusetts Review 

“Father Weaver” and “Breast/less,” RHINO 



“Forbidden,” “Inheritance,” Girl Walks To The Beach” and “Once At An Art Party In Chelsea,” The Missouri Review 

"Unravel," Glass Journal, Special elections feature, Nov. 3 2020

"Windfall," World Literature Today, Sept. 2020

"Home," Guernica, July 2020

“Back in the Day,” The Adroit Journal, Spring 2020 

“What Remains” & “Haibun for My Brother,” December Magazine, Spring 2020 

“A Brief and Sordid History of the Speculum” & “Cell Revolt,” The Inspired Poet by Susan Landgraf, 2020  

“Portrait of a Woman with Wings in Oil,” TriQuarterly, Issue 156, Summer/Fall 2019 

“Teaching the Beasts to Devour My Mother,” San Miguel de Allende Writer’s Contest Winner, 2019

“1981,” Birdfeast #14, 2018. 

“Stitched” & Symphonies,” Prairie Schooner, Summer Vol. 92, 2018 

“Contortionist,” City Arts Magazine – Seattle, Feb. 27, 2018 

“All That Splendor,” & “L and I,” Third Coast Magazine, Issue 44, Winter 2018 

“Far from Grace,” Hayden’s Ferry Review, Issue 61, Fall/Winter 2017. 

“Hunger,” Spiral Orb Thirteen, 2017 

“re-Branding,” Limited Edition Broadside, Chatwin Books, 2017

"Jack Straw Anthology" Enough Mountain,” “Year in Review,” & “Survival Tactics,” 2017 

“Father/less,” Seattle Review of Books, March 7th 2017 

“Vigilant,” Seattle Review of Books, March 14th 2017 

“Discarded,” Seattle Review of Books, March 21st 2017 

“Land Mine,” Seattle Review of Books, March 28th 2017 

“Call Me By My Name,”  Rattle - Poets Respond, February 2nd 2017 


Co-Editor, “Opting Out: Early, New and Collected Poems (2000-2015)”, by Maged Zaher. Chatwin Books Seattle, WA. 

Co-Editor, “Open Late: New and Collected Poems (1979-2018)”, by Rex Wilder. Chatwin Books, Seattle, WA.


Previous events

Pagination Event Series Reading

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Pagination Virtual Event Series

Pagination Virtual Event Series presents Jamaica Baldwin, Rachel Neve-Midbar and Michelle Bitting live on Zoom and Facebook.

Griots Rising 6/19 A Juneteenth Poetic Uprising


Celebrating global poems of resistance from the Africa Diaspora. With poets Saddiq Dzukogi, Ebo Barton, Yashika Graham, Gary Lilley and host Jourdan Imani Keith in collaboration of Seattle Office of Arts and Culture and Seattle Together.

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