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Jeanann Verlee

Jeanann Verlee is a 2017 NEA Poetry Fellow and the author of three books of poetry: prey (Black Lawrence, 2018), first runner-up for the 2016 Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award; Said the Manic to the Muse (Write Bloody, 2015); and Racing Hummingbirds (Write Bloody, 2010), silver medal winner in the Independent Publisher Book Awards. She is a recipient of the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry, and her work appears in Adroit, The Journal, Rattle, and Yemassee, among others. Verlee has served as poetry editor for a number of publications, including Union Station Magazine and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone, and as copy editor for multiple individual collections. For seven years, she was director of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series and she continues to perform and facilitate workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America. Verlee collects tattoos and kisses Rottweilers. She believes in you. Find her at jeanannverlee.com.

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