Jeanne Walker, English.

Welcome!  There’s a lot going on.  

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.

                  Be present with your want of a Deity
                 and you shall be present with the Deity.
Thomas Traherne

 Sometimes I lose you, as if you were a stallion
and the barn door’s left ajar.  Or I’m due someplace
and can’t remember where.  In my hellion
hair and ripped work shirt, I ransack the place
to find my datebook.  Gone.  Or I’ve dropped
my glasses and I’m crawling on all fours
to swab the floor with outstretched hands.  I mop
blindly, my heart stuttering with fear.

Don’t tell me you’re not a stallion.  I know.
You’re not some destination.  But I want to
tell you what it’s like to search, although
the words are clumsy.  Vapor.   What it comes to:
You are the sky, the boat, the oars, the water.
You are the soul that longs to row and you’re the rower.


Jeanne joined Luci Shaw in October at St. Paul’s Episcopal in Bellingham, Washington to do a reading.

Jeanne and Dan, her husband, flew to Italy in mid-October, 2017, where Jeanne taught poetry writing for a month in the hill town, Orvieto.

“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 Hackesttown.  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.


To find Jeanne’s poems as they come out this fall and winter, check the following publicationsThe Christian Century, Arts, Plume,  The Other Journal, Poetry East, The Bellingham Review,  Inisfree.  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 “Van Gogh,” from Helping the Morning (WordFarm Press, 2014).  Ed’s lithographs are collected by the major museums throughout the country.

The Cumberland Review  will bring out an anthology with invited comments by poets on poems published in the magazine, including Jeanne’s sonnet,Crossing the Boarder”.

“I Renounce Snap Judgments.  Again,”  Jeanne’s short essay on the (questionable!) wisdom of growing older will be coming out 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 the current issue of Image.

“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,

“”The Cobbler Goes Out of Business” (a sonnet) and “October, before Anyone Else is up” (not a sonnet) appeared in recent issues of The Christian Century.

“Letter to a Poet” appears in  last month’s Cleaver reprinted in Shining Rock Poetry Anthology. 

“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 a feature about villians.  It appears  in the spring edition of The New Ohio Review, Issue 20.

Over fall/winter/spring, 2016-17, Jeanne’s poems have appeared in The Good Letters Blog, The Behemoth, Between Midnight and Dawn, and the textbook, Literature and Composition: Reading, Writing, Thinking.

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
publisher 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