Written Word: Poetry


Jeanette holds an A.B. in English with certificates in Creative Writing & Gender and Sexuality Studies from Princeton University. Her senior thesis, a book-length collection of poems, was advised by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith and critiqued by Michael Dickman. She wrote the manuscript, "An Instrument for Blinking", over her senior year (Summer 2013 - Spring 2014). 

At Princeton, she took poetry workshops with Susan Wheeler (2006, 2008), Tracy K. Smith (2007), C.K. Williams (2009), and Paul Muldoon (2009). She also studied with Christian Barter (2008), a visiting Hodder Fellow.

On campus, Jeanette co-edited Prism Magazine (Fall 2006Spring 2007Fall 2007)a print literary journal that she helped to design and lay out using InDesign. She also worked as an office assistant at the Lewis Center of the Arts (Fall 2008 - Spring 2009), where she provided administrative support (including sorting, processing, and logging application data into Excel for the Hodder Fellowship program). Her poem "Hang Up" was published in the Nassau Weekly (May 2007), and her poem "Boat on the Border was published in the Journal of Religious Life (February 2009). 

In February 2007, Jeanette was selected to perform "Boat on the Border" in This is Princeton, an annual performing arts benefit showcase at Richardson Auditorium. In February 2012, she performed the poem at "Performing the Sacred", an event coordinated by the University's Religious Life Council. View her performance in the cavernous acoustics of Princeton's Chapel in this video.

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 she won First Prize in Mathey College's "Reflections on Diversity" Contest. Her poem "Silo" was honored with the Morris W. Croll Poetry Prize, and published in the Nassau Literary Review (Fall 2013).  


Jeanette has studied at the Iowa Young Writers' Studio with Aaron McCollough (Summer 2004); at Drake University with Jody Swilky (Fall 2005); and at the Iowa Writers' Workshop with James Galvin (Summer 2009).

She has taken workshops at the Poets House in NYC with Hettie Jones (Spring 2012); Wendy Xu (Spring 2016); Ada Limon (Spring 2016); and Kamilah Aisha Moon (Summer 2016).

She has also studied at the 92nd Street Y in NYC with Emily Fragos (Spring 2012); Tina Chang (Summer 2012); Mark Doty (Spring 2015); and Kathleen Ossip (Fall 2015 - Spring 2016).

At the Arts Council of Princeton, she studied with Jean Hollander (Spring 2016) and Tim Craven (Summer 2016).


Jeanette got her start in publishing at age 15, when she founded Moving ForWords Productions (2003 - 2011), a spoken word arts collective, to support her hometown poetry slam in Des Moines, Iowa. The arts organization co-published three literary (maga)zines, produced theater, and helped raise $20,000 for youth spoken word poetry programs with the Juno Collective and the Minnesota Spoken Word Association.

She also published four spoken word poetry chapbooks: Wry Rhetoric (2004), Beyond Balloon Animals (2005), Checking In (2006), and Double Digits on Luin (2007).

As an editorial assistant and writer's assistant, she's taken on various roles — researchers, transcriptionist, proofreader, copyeditor — including for three nonfiction book projects: Powerhouse: The Untold History of Hollywood’s CAA (Custom House Books / HarperCollins); Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN (Back Bay Books / Little, Brown); and Understanding Shiite Leadership: The Art of the Middle Ground in Iran and Lebanon (Cambridge University Press). 


Bowery Poetry Club (New York, NY) ** Brave New Voices Youth Poetry Festival - 2005 (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) ** Prairie Lights Bookstore (Iowa City, IA) ** Richardson Auditorium (Princeton, NJ) ** Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) ** YMCA (Des Moines, IA) ** Zanzibar's (Des Moines, IA)

"Very promising." — Paul Muldoon

"A young woman of vision." — Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde, Founder, The Juno Collective

"Becoming quite the celebrity around here!"  Joyce Carol Oates

"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

"Excellent work! (...) Really pulled this together nicely, and pushed the poems to a place of greater strength, courage and insight." — Tracy K. Smith

"I am impressed with Jeanette's ability as a poet. She possesses a metaphorical ability that is not common in mature poets and rare in one so young (...) and an exuberance that reaches out in every direction. Jeanette is also an extremely dedicated young writer. She is very receptive to criticism (...) and will approach this endeavor with zeal, and struggle as hard as she can to make something meaningful out of it." — Christian Barter

"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, Professor of English at Princeton University and Junior Paper Advisor ("A Wild-Goose Chase: Humoring the Narrator in Virginia Woolf's Orlando", Winner of the Emily Ebert Junior Prize)