Simone Muench

Simone Muench is Professor of English at Lewis University where she serves as Director of the Creative & Professional Writing Program and Faculty Advisor for Jet Fuel Review. She is the author of Lampblack & Ash (Winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize; Sarabande, 2000), Orange Crush (Sarabande, 2010), Wolf Centos (Sarabande, 2014) and other books. Her most recent, Suture, is a collaborative book of sonnets written with Dean Rader (Black Lawrence, 2017). Currently, she is editing an anthology of multi-genre collaborative writing (Black Lawrence, 2018). She is a recipient of fellowships from the NEA, Vermont Studio Center, Artsmith, Illinois Arts Council, and Yaddo. In 2014, she was honored with the Meier Foundation for the Arts Achievement Award for innovation, achievements, and community contributions.


An Introduction to Jackie White by Simone Muench

From a manuscript titled Threnody Fury & Psalms, the three pieces available here are haunting distillations of sorrow that engage the ancient poetic form of the cento (conceived as early as the 4th century if not earlier), as well as other collage arrangements, to establish a penetrating and contemporary collective […]


An Introduction to Jameka Williams by Simone Muench

Whether she’s penning a scathing indictment of the cult of Kim Kardashian, or composing an exalted song to those who’ve been wronged, Jameka Williams’ poetry is passionately commanding. Though animated with pop references from Beyoncé to Taylor Swift, her work is never merely playful; instead, it is a potent manifesto […]


An Introduction to Anne Champion by Simone Muench

  “Don’t mistake / me as a fairy tale for the other girls,” declares Saint Margaret of Antioch in Anne Champion’s stunning hagiographic poems. Champion maps out a complex terrain of desire, dominion, and cruelty, exposing the ways in which women are disenfranchised by spotlighting a variety of women saints: […]