In March of 2021, “Mystery Readers” will be published in Fourth Genre as runner-up in the 2020 Michael Steinberg Memorial Essay Contest. “There’s a kind of magic to this essay in the lush language, the impressionist strokes of tone, the word play, and the way strands of narrative are braidedRead More
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.