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2024 Poetry Seminar Faculty & Fellows

Patrick Donnelly

Program Director and Faculty

Patrick Donnelly, director of The Frost Place Poetry Seminar since 2011, is the author of five books of poems, most recently Willow Hammer, forthcoming from Four Way Books in spring 2025, and Little-Known Operas (Four Way Books, 2019). Gregory Orr wrote “everything he writes is suffused with tenderness and intelligence, lucidity and courage.” Donnelly has taught at Smith College, Colby College, the Lesley University MFA Program, The Frost Place, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and elsewhere. His poetry has appeared in many journals, including American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review Online, Ploughshares, The Yale Review, and The Virginia Quarterly Review. With his spouse Stephen D. Miller, Donnelly translates classical Japanese poetry and drama. Their translations in The Wind from Vulture Peak (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013) were awarded the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission Prize for the Translation of Japanese Literature. Donnelly’s other awards include a U.S./Japan Creative Artists Program Award, an Artist Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and an Amy Clampitt Residency Award.

More: https://www.patrickdonnellypoetry.com

Janice N. Harrington

Poetry Seminar Faculty

Janice N. Harrington’s newest book Yard Show is forthcoming from BOA Editions in fall of 2024. She is the author of three other books of poetry: Even the Hollow My Body Made Is Gone, The Hands of Strangers, and Primitive: The Art and Life of Horace H. Pippin. Elizabeth Spires wrote “Harrington is a celebratory poet who sees with the fresh, wondering eye of a child, but knows with the mind and heart of an adult.” Harrington has also written award-winning children’s books, including Buzzing with Questions: The Inquisitive Mind of Charles Henry Turner. She has worked as a elementary school teacher, public librarian, voice-over artist, and a professional storyteller. Harrington is a Cave Canem Fellow and teaches creative writing at the University of Illinois.

More: https://janiceharrington.com

Jane Huffman

2024 Formalist Track Faculty

Jane Huffman’s debut collection, Public Abstract, won the 2023 APR/Honickman First Book Prize, selected by Dana Levin. Writing about the book, Levin wrote “Refreshing the operations of ode, haibun, sestina, and fragment, the poems sometimes teeter on the verge of mannerist madness—what bravery to write them!” Huffman is a doctoral student in English and literary arts at the University of Denver and is an MFA graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She is editor-in-chief of Guesthouse, an online literary journal, which Diane Seuss has called “one of the most intelligent, brilliantly curated, impeccably designed literary magazines we’ve got.” Jane’s work has appeared in the New Yorker, Poetry, The Nation, and elsewhere. She was a 2019 recipient of the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation.

More: https://www.janehuffman.com

Jada Renée Allen

2024 Gregory Pardlo Fellow

Jada Renée Allen is a writer, educator, & conjure woman living & working on U.S.-occupied O’odham Jewed, Akimel O’Odham, & Hohokam lands. A 2022 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest winner, Jada Renée is the recipient of fellowships, scholarships, & support from Tin House, the Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, Community of Writers, & VONA (Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation), among other organizations. Her work either appears or is forthcoming in the Academy of American Poets’ “Poem-a-Day,” Chicago Reader, Gulf Coast Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The Poetry Project, Virginia Quarterly Review, Wildness, & elsewhere. She is the Founder & Executive Director of The Frances Thompson Writers Studio for Black Trans Study, & the Founding Editor-in-Chief of Bodemé. She is from Chicago, IL. 

More at: https://www.jadarenee.com/ and https://frostplace.org/2024-gregory-pardlo-fellow-jada-renee-allen/

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