Jeanne Marie Beaumont grew up in the Philadelphia area and moved to New York City in 1983. She holds an MFA in Writing from Columbia University and is the author of three books of poetry. Her first, Placebo Effects, was selected by William Matthews as a winner in the National Poetry Series and published by W.W. Norton in 1997. Her second collection of poems, Curious Conduct, was published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in 2004, and her third collection, Burning of the Three Fires, also from BOA, was published in the fall of 2010. With Claudia Carlson, she co-edited the anthology The Poets' Grimm: Twentieth Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales (Story Line Press, 2003).
Her poems have been included in two dozen anthologies and textbooks, among them Good Poems for Hard Times, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website, When She Named Fire: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by American Women, The Year's Best Fantasy & Horror, 20th ed., The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9th ed., and Don't Leave Hungry: 50 Years of Southern Poetry Review. Journals in which her work has appeared include Boston Review, Barrow Street, Conduit, Court Green, Denver Quarterly, Harper's, Manhattan Review, The Nation, New American Writing, Poetry Northwest, and World Literature Today, among many others. She won the 2009 Dana Award for Poetry, and also The Greensboro Review literary award for poetry in 2003. From 1992 to 2000, she was co-editor of the literary magazine American Letters & Commentary.
A poem from Curious Conduct, "Afraid So," was made into a short film of the same name by award-winning filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt; it has been screened at numerous international film festivals since 2006 and on IFC. She has studied bookbinding at the Center for Book Arts, where she curated readings for its Broadsides Reading Series. She previously taught at Rutgers University and at The Frost Place, where she served as director of the annual Advanced Poetry Seminar (2006-2010). She currently teaches at The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in Manhattan and in the Stonecoast MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine.
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