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Jessica Piazza

Jessica Piazza is the author of the award-winning poetry collection Interrobang (Red Hen Press) and the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press). Her third collection, Obliterations (co-written with Heather Aimee O'Neill), is forthcoming from Red Hen Press in 2016. As a poetry professor at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, Jessica often reminds the poets in her workshops that while the content of their poetry begins in the imagination, it ultimately must manifest itself on the page. Along those lines, Jessica's workshops feature a strong focus on the tools of poetic craft, which she believes—alongside reading plenty of contemporary poetry—is one of the most crucial pursuits for the aspiring and working poet.

Jessica also curates the Poetry Has Value blog, where she and others explore the intersection of poetry, money, and worth. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, she holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where she teaches Writing & Rhetoric. She co-founded Bat City Review in Austin, TX, Gold Line Press in Los Angeles, CA and is currently the poetry editor for the Southern Pacific Review. Learn more at her website and at www.poetryhasvalue.com.




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