Jessica Lee Walsh
Pen Name: Jessica L. Walsh
Born: 1974 in Ludington, Michigan
Walsh 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 Information
Jessica 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 for Purchase and at Your Library
The Division of Standards
Release Date: 2012
How to Break My Neck
Release Date: 2015-12-23
- Abbie M. Copps Poetry Competition, First Place, 2007
- Nominated for Best New Poets, 2012
- Crab Creek Review Poetry Contest, Honorable Mention,2012
- Illinois Emerging Writers Competition, Second Place, 2014
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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