Individual Author Record
Name: Jessica Lee WalshPen Name: Jessica L. Walsh Genre: Poetry Born: 1974 in Ludington, Michigan Sites:
Illinois ConnectionWalsh moved to Illinois in 2001 while finishing her graduate studies and teaching at North Central College. After taking her current teaching position at Harper College in 2002, she moved from Chicago to the northwest suburbs.
Biographical and Professional InformationJessica Walsh is a Professor of English at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois. She received her BA from Kalamazoo College and her PhD in literature at the University of Iowa. Much of her poetry calls on images and themes of the Midwest, while some explores the crush of urban living from the vantage of a small town native. Her poems have appeared in many journals including RHINO, In Posse Review, Crab Creek Review, The Catalonian Review, Red River Review, Midwestern Gothic and Ninth Letter online. She has written two chapbooks, Knocked Around and The Division of Standards. How to Break My Neck is her first full-length collection.She was a featured poetry blogger at the Tupelo Press 30/30 Project in 2014. Her poetry has been nominated by editors for the Pushcart Prize.
- Knocked Around, Pudding House, 2008
- The Division of Standards, Finishing Line Press, 2012
- How to Break My Neck, ELJ Editions, 2016
Titles At Your Library
The Division of Standards
ISBN: 1622290461 Finishing Line Press. 2012 A Poetry Chapbook
How to Break My Neck
ISBN: 1942004206 ELJ Editions. 2015 Poetry. The poems in Jessica Walsh's HOW TO BREAK MY NECK are alive, visceral, and softly twitching. Each section beginning with different famous last words, these poems interrogate hard-hitting themes of purpose, mortality, and legacy with beautifully playful language. Whether discussing summer camp or a shark in a tsunami, these poems illuminate what it feels like to live, to be breakable.