Jeanette Beebe is a writer.
always will be.
In June 2014, Jeanette graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in English and certificates in Creative Writing and Gender Studies.
Originally a member of the Class of 2010 at Princeton University, Jeanette took four years off to pursue projects as a journalist, researcher, arts director, and poet.
She recently filed a radio story on the rising popularity of "gap years" and "leaves of absence" at Princeton — listen here!
Jeanette is currently a Princeton Project 55 Journalism Fellow at the Rita Allen Foundation. Since 1976, the foundation has awarded major research grants to nearly 150 bio-medical scholars in the fields of cancer, neuroscience, pain, and immunology. In 2009, the Foundation expanded its investments to support young leaders in journalism and technology to promote civic literacy + engagement and science + social innovation. Grantees include: Public Radio International (PRI), ProPublica, Online News Association, American Press Institute, The Center for Responsive Politics, The Center for Public Integrity, Pew Charitable Trusts’ Voting Information Project, Generation Citizen, Solutions Journalism Network, and Code for America.
Jeanette has worked as an assistant at Little, Brown and Company, Cambridge University Press, the Lewis Center of the Arts, and the Ministers and Missionaries Benefit Board; as a research analyst at AIG Global Real Estate, the Museum of Jewish Heritage, and Sage Analytical Sciences Group; and as a student journalist at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association, the Center for International Media Ethics, and The Fund for American Studies' European Journalism Institute in Prague.
At age 15, Jeanette founded Moving ForWords Productions (2003 - 2011), a national spoken + written word arts organization. Its mission was to use art to open up conversations about gender and culture, both on and off the stage. Jeanette founded Moving ForWords as a young spoken word poet to support her hometown poetry slam community in Des Moines, Iowa. With the help of a Kinko's copier and an unhealthy amount of glue, Jeanette self-published 4 zine poetry chapbooks: Wry Rhetoric (2004), Beyond Balloon Animals (2005), Checking In (2006), and Double Digits on Luin (2007). As a teen, she hopped on the Midwest poetry slam circuit: she's shared the stage with "Slam Papi" Marc Kelly Smith (in Chicago) Mighty Mike McGee (in Omaha), Big Poppa E (in Des Moines), E.G. Bailey (in Minneapolis), and Shane Koyczan (in Des Moines).
At Moving ForWords, Jeanette partnered with the Minnesota Spoken Word Association (MNSWA) and the Juno Collective to form "Teens Rock the Mic", an outgrowth of the Youth Speaks network. As a member of the inaugural Minneapolis team (out of 600 auditioning poets), Jeanette helped raise $8,000 to compete in the 2005 International Youth Poetry Slam Championships in San Francisco. The "Teens Rock the Mic" community raised $20,000 to launch and sustain "Quest for the Voice", a Minneapolis youth spoken word poetry circuit. "Quest for the Voice" (now "Be Heard MN") was designed to build on the "Teens Rock the Mic" tradition: that is, to select a 6-poet Twin Cities team to participate in the Youth Speaks Brave New Voices Festival, which attracts over 500 teen poets each year for a week of workshops, program development, and community building.
As a freshman at Princeton, Jeanette was selected to participate in V-Day's 2006 activist workshop at Tulane University, which benefited the New Orleans Regional Alliance Against Abuse (NORAA). To support the V-Day movement, Jeanette organized and directed a production of Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues at Princeton University that raised $3000 for WomanSpace, a domestic abuse shelter in Trenton, NJ. Through Moving ForWords, Jeanette co-published, contributed to, and edited Princeton University's Prism Magazine, the Des Moines Poetry Slam's Circus Diem zine, and Ames Artspace's Second Run literary journal. Ames Artspace, a performance venue, studio, and gallery, was founded by Prof. Jim Coppoc at Iowa State University.
As a certificate student in the Program in Creative Writing and the Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton, Jeanette wrote a book-length senior thesis poetry manuscript. Titled An Instrument for Blinking (Poems), it was advised by Tracy K. Smith (2012 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry).
Jeanette has taken poetry workshops with C.K. Williams (Princeton University), Paul Muldoon (Princeton University), Susan Wheeler (Princeton University), Tracy K. Smith (Princeton University), James Galvin (Iowa Writers' Workshop), Aaron McCollough (Iowa Young Writers' Studio), Jody Swilky (Drake University), Tina Chang (NYC 92Y), Mark Doty (NYC 92Y), Emily Fragos (NYC 92Y), and Hettie Jones (NYC Poets House).
Jeanette has taken journalism courses in radio reporting (with Steven Drummond, NPR News), television news production (with Lisa Cohen, ABC News PrimeTime Live + CBS News 60 Minutes), narrative nonfiction magazine writing (with Julia Keller, 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Feature Writing), profile/biography writing (with Annalyn Swan, 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Biography), science writing + video production (with Michael Lemonick + Heidi Cullen, Climate Central), and documentary video (with Jodi Swilky, Drake University and Anthony Q. Artis, Kanbar Institute for Film and Television at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts). Much of her reporting has covered gender issues, including same-sex adoption, same-sex marriage, transgender rights in the workplace, and the history of feminism at Princeton.
Jeanette's essays and articles have appeared in Johns Hopkins University's Imagine Magazine, the Daily Princetonian, and the Princeton Progressive Nation; her poems have appeared in the Nassau Literary Review, the Nassau Weekly, Side B Magazine, Prism Magazine, Periphery, Ariel, the Journal of Religious Life, and Lyrical Iowa.
At Princeton, Jeanette was awarded the Emily Ebert Junior Prize, the A. Scott Berg Fellowship, the University Center for Human Values Short Movie Prize, and the Morris W. Croll Poetry Prize. She received the Lewis Center of the Arts "Outstanding Work by an Underclassman" Award (twice), and she won First Prize in Mathey College's "Reflections on Diversity" Contest. Jeanette was also awarded the Edwin F. Ferris Journalism Grant, the Maren Grant, the Peter B. Lewis Summer Fund Award, the Fred Fox Fund Award, and grants from the Dean's Fund for Study Abroad, the Program in Judaic Studies, the Office of International Programs, and the Institute for International and Regional Studies.
Jeanette is from Des Moines, Iowa. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her tiny monster cat, Scribbles.