Award-winning poet. Jean Janzen demonstrates powerfully why she received The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Janzen's poems send us to explore the mystery of our connections to this earth, our dust and its dust. These poems show us with certainty what we sense persistently-- that we are unequivocally physical and yet undeniably spiritual, so ephemeral and yet so bound. Jean Janzen, a well-known poet from Fresno, California, conducts readings of her poetry around North America and teaches several university classes. "Jean Janzen's poems are lucid, clean, beautifully detailed--but she also knows well how fierce the hungers of body and soul are." --Jeff Gundy, poet
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Author Biography - Jean Janzen
Jean Wiebe Janzen was born in Saskatchewan, was raised in the Midwestern United States, and now lives in Fresno, California. She was selected for The Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for her poetry. She completed her undergraduate studies at Fresno Pacific University and received a Master of Arts at California State University of Fresno. Collections of her poetry previously published by Good Books include Snake in the Parsonage (1995), Tasting the Dust (2000), and Piano in the Vineyard (2004). Her verse also has been collected in Words for the Silence (Center for Mennonite Brethren Studies, 1984) and The Upside-Down Tree (Henderson Books, 1992). Janzen's poetry has been published in Poetry, Gettysburg Review, Prairie Schooner, Image, Christian Century, Poetry International, ?The Common Reader, The Great River Review, and Cincinnati Poetry Review. Among the poetry anthologies in which her poems appear are Highway 99: ?A Literary Journey Through California's Great Central Valley (Heyday Books), What Will Suffice: ?Contemporary American Poets on the Art of Poetry (Peregrine Smith Books), and Elements of Faithful Writing (Pandora Press).