A native of rural Oregon, Jessica Harkins lived for some years in Italy through a Fellowship at the University of Pavia, where she began her study and translation of the female Italian poet, Gaspara Stampa. She subsequently earned an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English literature at Washington University in St. Louis. Her awards have included fellowships to attend writers’ conferences in Prague, Squaw Valley, and Napa Valley, as well as a Kidd Tutorial Prize awarded by Dave Smith, and a second-place prize awarded by the Academy of American Poets. Jessica’s poems, translations, and articles of literary criticism have appeared in journals in the US, UK, Sweden, and Italy. She currently teaches medieval literature and creative writing at a small liberal arts college in central Minnesota, where she lives with her husband and their two sons.
Paperback: 92 pages
Publisher: Kelsay Books (March 16, 2018)