Jacquelyn Thomas recently returned to the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, after living more than thirty years in a Madison housing project where she served as director of an on-site community learning center.

Through poetry, fiction, and nonfiction workshops in the UW-Madison Creative Writing Program, with Madison Writers’ Studio, and at Shake Rag Alley Center for the Arts, she has had the opportunity to learn from many brilliant writers: Amy Quan Barry; Lorrie Moore; Rob Nixon; Jesse Lee Kercheval; Judith Claire Mitchell; Ron Kuka; Michelle Wildgen; Susanna Daniel; Christine Rice; Patricia Ann McNair; Eric May, and visiting lodestar author Jo Ann Beard.

Her poetry has been published in small press magazines and recognized by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters, where she is also the 2020 Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction Contest winner. Her nonfiction work has been published by Proximity Magazine, where it was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and is forthcoming in Fourth Genre, as runner up in the 2020 Michael Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest. She is currently revising a memoir in essays.