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.