Jessamyn Smyth

Jessamyn Smyth is a poet, prose writer, playwright, and teacher with a background in Classics, comparative religion, Holocaust studies, social justice, and community organizing. She received her MFA from Goddard College, and is the author of Kitsune (New Women’s Voices Series, Finishing Line Press, 2013). Her work has been honored by “100 Distinguished Stories of 2005” listing in Best American Short Stories 2006, two nominations for the Pushcart Prize, and grants and fellowships from Welcome Hill, The Vermont Community Foundation, and the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference; her writing appears in various print and electronic journals and anthologies, and her plays have been produced throughout New England. She has been visiting faculty at Middlebury College, The University of Massachusetts’ Commonwealth College, The University of Pennsylvania’s Writer’s Conference, and several other schools; she is currently visiting faculty at Quest University in Canada, teaching an interdisciplinary class in ethics, philosophy, and literature through ancient Greek texts. Jessamyn is particularly interested in art that explores the boundaries between forms, requires visceral engagement, and partners craft with courage.


Charlie Bondhus: A Poet in Conversation(s) With Art by Jessamyn Smyth

  Charlie Bondhus’ poetry ranges freely through formalist, persona, image-strong free verse, and old school narrative.   His 2013 book All the Heat We Could Carry won the 2013 Main Street Rag Award and the Publishing Triangle’s 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. Of the book, Carolyn Forché wrote: […]


Editor’s Foreword

    Dear readers, be welcome to Tupelo Quarterly 3, where you will find art of all kinds speaking to the body and the spirit.     There is a lovely synchronicity that happens in submissions sometimes, and we are always building in response to the work we receive: this […]


The Incurable Habit: Jessamyn Smyth on Okla Elliott’s “The Boiling Glass”

    These are people of “(ironically) tiger-striped couch,” of “knowing how people got to be the people they are & how much it cost them,” of coke snorted in bathrooms on immigrant parents’ dimes.     Into this milieu we recognize even if we wish we didn’t, in unpredictable […]