Jackie Sheeler is a lifelong New Yorker and a lifelong juggler: poet, performance artist, songwriter, wordrocker, publisher, blogger, producer and webmaster.
Earthquake Came to Harlem is Jackie's fourth book. Her first full-length collection, The Memory Factory, won the Magellan Prize and was published by Buttonwood Press in 2002. A year later she edited an anthology, Off the Cuffs: Poetry By and About the Police that was published by Soft Skull. In 2005, a 14-track wordrock CD, Talk Engine, was released to great reviews and received a substantial amount of college radio airplay. More recently, a chapbook of prose poems entitled to[o] long was published by Three Rooms Press.
In addition to The New York Quarterly, her work has been widely anthologized and has appeared in Painted Bride Quarterly, Phoebe, Slant, and many other journals. She had the honor of writing the debut First Person essay for New York Press, and received The Bohemian Chronicle award for Best Short Story of 1993. Performance highlights include The People's Poetry Gathering at Cooper Union, Symphony Space, WBAI and NPR radio, CBGB's, The Poetry Project, Bowery Poetry Club and Nuyorican Poets Café (to name just a few).
Jackie has taught workshops at The Writer's Voice as well as at drug rehabs and prisons (which led to her holding for a time the title "Poet Laureate of Riker's Island," about which Martín Espada said, "Being Poet Laureate of Riker's Island is far more honorable and valuable than being Poet Laureate of the United States"). She founded the poetz.com website in 1999 which, in addition to being one of the first online literary zines, remains THE poetry event hub for NYC. 1999 also marked the beginning of her weekly reading series, The Pony, which has featured many poets of national reputation and continues to this day.
Jackie has no MFA nor any desire to obtain one; she’s done fine with her GED so far and feels no need for an educational upgrade. A strong believer in workshopping, she has studied with Ellen Bass, Marie Howe, Patricia Smith, Hettie Jones, Angelo Verga and Rita Gabis, all writers she greatly admires.
by Jackie Sheeler
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