Jane Mead is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently WORLD OF MADE AND UNMADE (Alice James, 2016) which was nominated for a National Book Award. Her poems appear regularly in journals and anthologies, and she’s the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Whiting Writers Award, and a Lannan Foundation Completion Grant. For many years Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University, she manages her family’s ranch in northern California. She has taught as a visiting writer at Washington University, Colby College and most recently, The University of Iowa.
- Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, 2002-2003
- Lannan Foundation, Completion Grant, 1999
- Whiting Writer’s Award, 1992
- Three time recipient of Lannan Writing Residency
- World of Made and Unmade: Alice James Books, 2016
- Money Money Money | Water Water Water, Alice James Books, April 2014
- The Usable Field: Alice James Books, 2008
- House of Poured-Out Waters: University of Illinois Press, 2001
- The Lord And The General Din Of The World: Sarabande Books, June, 1996
- “A Truck Marked Flammable”: State Street Press, 1991 (chapbook)
ANTHOLOGY, MAGAZINE AND NEWSPAPER PUBLICATION:
- Individual Poems have appeared in the following anthologies: The Yale Anthology of Devotional Poetry; Ecopoetry (Trinity University Press); Lit from Inside: 40 Years of Poetry from Alice James Books; The Body Electric (Norton); The Bread Loaf Anthology of New American Poets (University Press of New England); Last Call (Sarabande Books); Poet’s Choice (Ecco Press, ed. Robert Hass, anthology); The Best American Poetry of 1990 (Collier); My Business is Circumference (Essays on influence and mastery, ed. by Stephen Berg);
- Poems have appeared the following magazines: The American Poetry Review; Poetry; The Antioch Review; The Washington Post; The New York Times; The Boston Review; The Colorado Review; The Iowa Review; Pequod; Ploughshares; The Virginia Quarterly, and others.
- M.F.A., Creative Writing/Poetry: The University of Iowa (1988)
- M.A., Creative Writing/Poetry: Syracuse University (1986)
- B.A., with a major in Economics: Vassar College (1982)
- Agricultural Management: Manage family ranch and grape-growing business, 2003-present.
- University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop: taught writing workshop and seminar on voice, worked with creative and critical theses (Visiting Full Professor) fall 2016.
- Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX: as adjunct faculty in the MFA Program, serve as an outside reader for MFA theses in poetry: 1998-present.
- Drew University: Core faculty in the low-residency MFA program in Poetry and Poetry in Translation, 2010-2015.
- University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop: taught graduate and undergraduate writing workshops, summer 2009.
- University of Virginia, Charlottesville: REA Distinguished Visiting Writer, fall ’07.
- University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival, Iowa City, IA: Taught short courses in “Formal Poetry, Organic Form,” “Voice In Poetry,” and Advanced Poetry Workshops: 1993-2008, summers.
- New England College, Henniker, New Hampshire: Core faculty, low residency MFA program, 2002-2006.
- Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Poet-in-Residence, and tenured Associate Professor in English: Taught poetry workshops and ran reading series: 1996-2003.
- Washington University, Saint Louis: Visiting poet in the MFA Program in Poetry: taught graduate workshop and directed theses. Spring 2000.
- Colby College, Waterville, Maine: Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing: taught beginning and advanced poetry workshops, independent studies in poetry writing, English Composition, 1993-1994.
- University of California at Berkeley Extension School, San Francisco; Academy of Art College, San Francisco; Napa Valley College (a junior college) Napa, California: taught English Composition and Creative Writing(1988-1993).
- University of Iowa: As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, taught Introductory Literature, Fiction Writing, and Poetry Writing (1986-1988).
- Syracuse University: University Fellow, and Whitney Young Fellow in Creative Writing (1984-1986).
CURRENT AND PAST READINGS:
- Judged Iowa Poetry Prize for University of Iowa Press, 2011, 2012
- Board of Directors, Wake Forest University Press, fall, 2001-2003
- Served on the North Carolina Arts Council panel to choose recipients for N.C. state arts grants, summer 2001
- Guest Editor, Pequod
- Judge for full-length book contest, Bear Star Press, spring 1998
- Judge for 1997 Roanoke-Chowan Award, given by the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association
- Interviewed by George Olsen for WTEB Public Radio, spring 1999
- Interviewed by Herb Trix for Illinois Public Radio, spring, 1999
- Seminar on literary influences at Folger Shakespeare Library, spring 1999
- Syracuse University, panelist, for Beyond the Terminal Degree: Working Writers Talking About Your Future: spring, 1997
- Virginia Festival of the Book: panelist, On Book Publishing