Hi. My name is Jessica Jewell. I’m an American poet and English Instructor currently living in Budapest, the European city of cities. And yes, the legend is true: there are TWO Ikeas here mere kilometers apart.
Though an Ohio native, I received my BA from Indiana University, after which I returned to the city by the great inland sea to get my MFA from Kent State University (NEOMFA).
While there I was the Wick Poetry Fellow, met some amazing personal heroes such as Jean Valentine and Phillip Levine, wrote a book about the American Dust Bowl, and once ate an entire Sam’s Club sized bloc of Jarlsburg cheese with Lindsay Bennett.
My poetry has appeared in journals such as Nimrod, Harpur Palate, Rhino, Poetry Midwest, Barn Owl Review, Poems & Plays, Touchstone, Angle Magazine, among others. I’ve been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, won a few other things, but still haven’t figured out how to revise a poem without a nice glass of wine (it’s the fancy gene, I suppose).
I’m currently writing about Tombstone and in an attempt to reconnect to my roots, have moved to Hungary to teach and write and blurb. So far I’ve consumed about 235 loaves of bread and 110 rounds of cheese, but have yet to discover the European woman’s secret to thinness.
For those of you who have followed me over from Penzilla, I thank you. And my mother thanks you and told me she loves your new shoes.