Bethany Professor Publishes Two Books in 2017

BETHANY, W.Va. – Dr. Jessie Janeshek, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing at Bethany College, has two book publications forthcoming in 2017.

Janeshek’s second full-length collection of poetry, The Shaky Phase, is under contract at Stalking Horse Press and will be published in April 2017. Her third chapbook of poetry, Hardscape, is under contract at Reality Beach and will be published early in 2017.

Founded by novelist James Reich and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Stalking Horse Press is “committed to radical voices in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.” Each author published by Stalking Horse designates a humanitarian or charitable organization to receive a percentage of proceeds from his or her book. Proceeds from Janeshek’s book will go to Girls Not Brides, an organization focused on ending child marriage and increasing the educational opportunities for young women in developing countries.

Regarding The Shaky Phase, Stalking Horse Press’ website states, “We’re thrilled to be able to bring you these luminous, melancholy, surreal, and hypnotic poems of vodka, velour, western-nature-trash, wolves, weird oscillations, and spectral shivers.” Most of the 66 poems included in the book have already been published in print and online journals including Flapperhouse, Milkfist, Review Americana, Gargoyle, Bluestem, Midwestern Gothic, Jet Fuel Review, and Forklift, Ohio.

Janeshek wrote the 27 poems included in her chapbook Hardscape while an Artist in Residence at Starry Night Retreat in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. Based in Albany, New York, and New York City, Reality Beach was founded by poets Adam Tedesco and Anna Kreienberg and publishes limited edition, handmade, hand-numbered chapbooks as well as an online journal, which has also featured poetry by Janeshek. Poems from Hardscape have been published in journals including Toad, Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Amethyst Arsenic, Spilled Milk Magazine, alien mouth, Axolotl, and F.A.L.D., and one poem from the manuscript has been nominated by F.A.L.D. for the 2016 Best of the Net Award.

A 2003 graduate of Bethany, Janeshek has taught there since 2011 after earning her Ph.D. in English at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her MFA in Poetry at Emerson College, Boston. She is also the author of the full-length poetry collection Invisible Mink (Iris Press, 2010) and the chapbooks Spanish Donkey/Pear of Anguish (Grey Book Press, 2016) and Rah-Rah Nostalgia (dancing girl press, 2016) and, with poet Jesse Graves, the co-editor of the literary anthology Outscape: Writings on Fences and Frontiers KWG Press, 2008).

Bethany College is located on a picturesque and historic 1,300-acre campus in the Northern Panhandle of West Virginia. Founded in 1840, Bethany is the state’s oldest private college.