Written Word: Poetry
Jeanette holds an A.B. in English with certificates in Creative Writing & Gender and Sexuality Studies from Princeton. Her senior thesis, a book-length collection of poems, was advised by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith, with second reader Michael Dickman. She wrote the manuscript, An Instrument for Blinking, over her senior year (Summer 2013—Spring 2014).
She took workshops with Susan Wheeler (2006), Tracy K. Smith (2007), C.K. Williams (2009), and Paul Muldoon (2009). She also studied with Christian Barter (2008), a Hodder Fellow.
On campus, Jeanette was a poetry reader for The Nassau Literary Review (Fall 2006) and co-edited Prism Magazine (Fall 2006, Spring 2007, Fall 2007). She also worked as an office assistant at the Lewis Center of the Arts (Fall 2008—Spring 2009).
In February 2007, she was invited to perform "Boat on the Border" in This is Princeton, an arts showcase at Richardson Auditorium. It was also published in the Journal of Religious Life (February 2009). In February 2012, Jeanette read the poem at "Performing the Sacred." 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 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).
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 got her start in publishing at age 15, when she founded arts collective Moving ForWords Productions (2003—2011) to support her hometown poetry slam in Des Moines, Iowa. It co-published three literary (maga)zines, produced theater, and helped raise $20,000 for youth poetry programs with the Juno Collective and the Minnesota Spoken Word Association.
With the magic of a Xerox copier, she published slam poetry chapbooks: Wry Rhetoric (2004), Beyond Balloon Animals (2005), Checking In (2006), Double Digits on Luin (2007).
As an editorial assistant and writer's assistant, she's taken on various roles—researcher, transcriptionist, proofreader, copyeditor—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).
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) ** Richardson Auditorium (Princeton, NJ) ** Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ) ** YMCA (Des Moines, IA) ** Zanzibar's Coffee (Des Moines, IA)
"Very promising." — Paul Muldoon, Professor of Creative Writing, Princeton University (Fall 2009)
"Becoming quite the celebrity around here!" — Joyce Carol Oates, Professor of Creative Writing, Emeritus, Princeton University (after a Program in Creative Writing student reading at 185 Nassau Street, Fall 2006)
"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, Professor of Creative Writing and Senior Thesis Second Reader, Princeton University
"Excellent work! (...) Really pulled this together nicely, and pushed the poems to a place of greater strength, courage and insight." — Tracy K. Smith, Director of the Program in Creative Writing and Senior Thesis Advisor, Princeton University
"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, former Hodder Fellow, Lewis Center of the Arts, Princeton University (Fall 2008)
"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", Winner of the Emily Ebert Junior Prize), Princeton Univeristy
"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 '07, former Editor-in-Chief, Prism Magazine, Princeton University