Jamaica Baldwin's first book will be published by YesYes Books in Spring of 2023 along with co-winners, Jill Mceldowney and Natalie Wee. Congratulations to all the finalists!
“What desolation of life will rise when the ice has melted? / What dance will entertain us before the burning? / What trick of light will mesmerize us first?”
Jamaica (she/her) hails from Santa Cruz, CA by way of Seattle. Her first book, Bone Language, will be published by YesYes Books in 2023. Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, Prairie Schooner, World Literature Today, The Adroit Journal and The Missouri Review, among others. She is a 2021 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, winner of the 2021 RHINO Poetry editor's prize, and winner of the 2019 San Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Contest in Poetry. Her writing has been supported by Hedgebrook, Furious Flower, and the Jack Straw Writers program. Jamaica is currently pursuing her PhD in English at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln with a focus on poetry and Women and Gender Studies.
"Country" and "Nation," Southeast Review
"A Language So Fraught," ROOM Magazine
"Breast/less," rhino, Summer 2021
The Boutelle-Day Poetry Center at Smith College is hosting a gathering of Alum poets featuring Joan Kwon Glass, Anne Harding Woodworth, Jamaica Baldwin, Laurie Ann Guerrero, Katherine E. Young, Laura Passin, Karen Poppy, and Nancy Meneely. Free and open to all, but registration is required.
Omaha Lit Fest is a chance for literature fans to hear from amazing authors and poets in our own backyard. The event will feature panel discussions and readers from a diverse slate of authors.