Poetry: Written Word
Jeanette Beebe is a Best New Poets- and Pushcart-nominated poet who serves as Nat. Brut’s Engagement Editor. She was named a finalist for the 2019 Iowa Review Award in Poetry and a semifinalist for the 2019 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Bayou Magazine, New South, Juked, South Dakota Review, The Chattahoochee Review, After the Pause, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Water Stone Review, and elsewhere. Her poem “Adopted” won First Prize in the Iowa Poetry Association’s Lyrical Review contest, and her poem “Given Up” was named a semifinalist for Crab Creek Review’s Poetry Prize. Her first publications were stage-to-page poems Xeroxed and stapled in chapbooks to support her hometown poetry slam in Des Moines, Iowa — a journey that led her to the Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Slam as a member of Minnesota’s inaugural team (with Danez Smith). She holds an A.B. from Princeton, where she was lucky enough to write a poetry thesis advised by Tracy K. Smith. She is based in New Jersey, halfway between New York and Philadelphia.
92Y: Tina Chang (Summer 2012), Mark Doty (Spring 2015), Emily Fragos (Spring 2012), Kathleen Ossip (Fall 2015—Spring 2016).
Iowa Writers' Workshop: James Galvin (Summer 2009), Aaron McCollough (Iowa Young Writers' Studio, Summer 2004).
Princeton Arts Council: Tim Craven (Summer 2016), Jean Hollander (Spring 2016).
Princeton University: Paul Muldoon (Fall 2009), Tracy K. Smith (Spring 2007), C.K. Williams (Spring 2009), Susan Wheeler (Fall 2006, Fall 2008).
Poets House: Hettie Jones (Spring 2012), Ada Limón (Spring 2016), Kamilah Aisha Moon (Summer 2016), Wendy Xu (Spring 2016).
Jeanette’s senior thesis — a collection of poems called An Instrument for Blinking — was advised by Tracy K. Smith. She took workshops with Susan Wheeler, C.K. Williams, and Paul Muldoon, and she also worked on poetry with Christian Barter, a Hodder Fellow.
She was a poetry reader for The Nassau Literary Review, and she co-edited Prism Magazine. Her work was awarded the Emily Ebert Junior Prize for her paper "A Wild Goose Chase: Humoring the Narrator in Virginia Woolf's Orlando: A Biography" and the A. Scott Berg Fellowship. She received the Lewis Center of the Arts "Outstanding Work by an Underclassman" Award (twice), and won First Prize in Mathey College's "Reflections on Diversity" Contest. Her poem "Silo" was honored with the Morris W. Croll Poetry Prize.
Brave New Voices (San Francisco, CA) ** Café Vivian (Princeton, NJ) ** Capri Theater (Minneapolis, MN) ** Drake University (Des Moines, IA) ** Frist Campus Center (Princeton, NJ) ** Green Mill Bar (Chicago, IL) ** Healing Arts Center (Omaha, NE) ** Hinds Plaza, Princeton Public Library (Princeton, NJ) ** Java Joes (Des Moines, IA) ** La Boheme Café (Ames, IA) ** James M. Stewart Theater, Lewis Center of the Arts (Princeton, NJ) ** Mars Café (Des Moines, IA) ** Marshalltown Public Library (Marshalltown, IA) ** Mathey College Common Room (Princeton, NJ) ** Mercury Café (Denver, CO) ** Midnight Drip Coffee House (Oskaloosa, IA) ** Murray-Dodge Café (Princeton, NJ) ** Richardson Auditorium (Princeton, NJ) ** Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) ** Zanzibar's Coffee (Des Moines, IA)
"There is much to celebrate in Jeanette Beebe's poetry thesis, An Instrument for Blinking. By and large it tends to be a rather fearless exploration (...) with a commitment to physical description, intimacy, and tenderness. There is also a great sense of humor in the poems, something that may be as difficult to do as write about what most hurts us. The humor in the poems is almost rowdy at times, even leaning towards slapstick. (...) It felt more courageous and difficult with a strange lightness (...) Pitch perfect. Just dazzling." — Michael Dickman, Senior Thesis ‘Second Reader’, Princeton University
"One of the best things ever written on this (...) The essay is remarkable for its analytical finesse, its wit and its confidence (...) A pleasure to read from the first word to the last, with much to be learned along the way. Congratulations on such outstanding work." — Maria DiBattista, Junior Paper Advisor ("A Wild-Goose Chase: Humoring the Narrator in Virginia Woolf's Orlando"), Princeton University
"She shared and helped strengthen my vision of reviving a defunct magazine that focused on diversity, difference, and international affairs. (...) Jean's energy was just what it needed to re-establish its stronghold. (...) The three issues of Prism magazine were some of the best in its history, and this would not be possible without Jean's leadership and creative prowess. I'm honored to have worked with her and can't wait to see what she accomplishes in the media world!" — Aitalohi Amaize, former Editor-in-Chief, Prism Magazine, Princeton University