Jessica Q. Stark is a poet and scholar that lives in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley dual MA Degrees in English Literature and Cultural Studies from Saint Louis University and the Universidad Autónoma in Madrid. She has taught several undergraduate courses at Duke University and Saint Louis University, from modern poetry to popular culture, gender studies, and creative writing. She was the recipient of Duke University’s Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2019. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies as well as a Certificate in College Teaching from Duke University.
She has published scholarly articles on poetry and/or comics studies in American Literature, Studies in Literature in English, and in an anthology on the work of Julie Doucet that was published by the University of Mississippi Press. She has recently completed her doctoral dissertation and is currently working on her first scholarly book project on experimental poets’ use of comics, cartoon, and pictorial media in twentieth-century American poetry.
Her creative work has most recently appeared in Tupelo Quarterly, Potluck, f(r)iction, and Glass Poetry Journal. Her first poetry manuscript, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for the Double Take Grand Prize in 2016 and was published in Heavy Feather Review, Volume 5. She is also the author of the mini-chapbook, Vasilisa the Wise, that was published by Ethel Zine Press in 2018. Her first full-length poetry collection, Savage Pageant, is forthcoming with Birds, LLC. She is working on her second poetry book, Buffalo Girl, that explores her mother’s hometown in Hai Phong Vietnam, ghosts in Vietnamese folklore, and the contexts of being mixed race in the US contemporary moment. She writes poetry reviews for Carolina Quarterly and serves as a poetry reader for Split Lip Magazine.
In her free time, she is a cat-lover and has been trained as a Level Two Reiki practitioner.