Jeanne Walker, English.In 2018, Jeanne’s newest book, Pilgrim, You Find The Path by Walking, will be published by Mt. Tabor Books in the Arts, an imprint of Paraclete Press. Watch this space for details.  Meanwhile, here’s one of the 60 sonnets you will find in the book.


I’ve stood by Lake Miltona, watching water,
bored by years of its own angry nature,
finally decide it could reflect the sky,
mirroring blackbirds as they learned to fly.

This is a sky, books tell us, that’s a lake.
But things fall into one another’s arms
to find out who they are.  Take a pine and take
the wind, for instance.  They can transform
each other, just as water wears down stones.
We shape one another.  No man’s an island,
Darling.  Every stone is—yes– a broken stone.

When I stormed to my room and slammed the door,
I made two rooms—you helpless there, sealed in.
If I knock on the wall, will you answer?

Other News: 

Check out the journal, Inisfree, #26  at , where you’ll find five of Jeanne’s sonnets.

The newest issue of The Cumberland Review opens with Jeanne’s comment on William Logan’s poem, “Venice in the Eighties” and Jeanne’s poem “Border Crossing,” commented on by Chase Twichell.  The fabulous issue braids previously published poems with commentary on those poems by poets.  Well worth checking out.

Jeanne recently joined Luci Shaw at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Bellingham, Washington for a poetry weekend, culminating in a reading.

In March and August, 2018, Jeanne will be in residence on Whidbey Island, WA, teaching MFA students in the Seattle Pacific University MFA Program.

Jeanne and Dan, her husband will fly to Italy in mid-November, 2018, where Jeanne will teach poetry writing for a month in the hill town, Orvieto.


To find Jeanne’s poems as they come out this spring and summer, check the following publicationsThe Christian Century, Arts, Plume,  The Other Journal, Poetry East, The Bellingham Review,  The Alaska Quarterly Review,  The Georgia Review.  These journals are all doing terrific work; find out more at their websites.

Ed Colker, the renowned visual artist, is at work on a new project, partnering with a dozen women poets.  Ed’s new portfolio  will include Jeanne’s “Van Gogh,” from Helping the Morning (WordFarm Press, 2014).  Ed’s lithographs are collected by the major museums throughout the country.

“I Renounce Snap Judgments.  Again,”  Jeanne’s short essay on the (questionable!) wisdom of growing older will appear in  April in The Wonder Years:  40 Women Over 40 on Aging, Faith, Beauty, and Strength.  Edited by Leslie Leyland Fields.

Recently published poems, in case you didn’t catch them:

“God Reads the Poem of the World with Interest,” and “The Years were Patient with Me” appear in Image No. 94.

“At the Ocean,” “Study: How the Leaf Falls,” and “Mendelssohn Finds the St. Matthew Passion,” all sonnets, are in the current issue of  The Hudson Review.

“The Cobbler” appears in The Cresset, Vol. 80, No. 5,

“Being so wild, how can anyone hold her?”  appeared in recent issues of The Christian Century.

“Letter to a Poet” appears in  last month’s Cleaver reprinted in Shining Rock Poetry Anthology, and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

“Attempt” appears in the Spring, 2017 issue of Spiritus. 


Archived Work:

The Villain Who Shut Down an Epic,” an essay about Fake News in Spenser’s Faerie Queene, was invited as part of the journal’s feature about villains.  It appears  in the spring edition of The New Ohio Review, Issue 20.

“The Tillie Project:  A Two-Act Play” appeared at Centenary Stage on November 1, 2017.  The script documents the late nineteenth century murder of a 19-year-old kitchen maid at the Centenary seminary  in Hackettstown, New Jersey.  Tillie’s murder became a nation-wide sensation.  The script was written in collaboration with Centenary and the townspeople in Hackettstown.  When the play was produced in the late 1990’s it broke theatre box office records.  Centenary revived the play to celebrate their 150th anniversary.

Check out The Geography of Memory,  bestselling story of the Alzheimer’s decade Jeanne and her sister cared for their mother.

Discover Helping the Morning:  New and Collected Poetry  This volume collects
all Jeanne’s earlier poems under one cover.

Older Work:

100 Years of Poetry Magazine

“Little Blessing for My Floater,” published in Poetry in 2004, was reprinted in the anthology celebrating Poetry’s first 100 years: The Open
Door: 100 Poets, 100 Years of Poetry, 2012. Poetry magazine is the premier magazine publishing poetry in the United States, the first
home of such poets as T. S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens. The volume is available from Amazon  or Barnes and Noble.


jeannefood1smallerJeanne’s reflection on shopping for produce as a form of communion appears in The Spirit of Food.

Image Interview

Luci Shaw’s interview of Jeanne appeared in the Winter 2010 issue of Image magazine.

Best American Poetry

Best American Poetry, 2009 includes “Holding Action,” Jeanne’s poem, which originally appeared in The Hudson Review.
Read Jeanne’s poems on Verse Daily.
“Praying for Rain in Santa Fe” appears in Gathering, artist Ed Colker’s celebration of 15 poets to mark the 50th anniversary of Haybarn Press in 2010.

Jeanne’s tips on writing for the theater, “The Steep and Exhilarating Mountains of Play Writing,” appear in A Syllable of Water: Twenty Writers of Faith Reflect on Their Art.

Links to Friends

University of Delaware English Department
Seattle Pacific University MFA Program
Center Street Books
Indie Bound
Word Farm Press
Gordon College Program in Orvieto