Jessica Q. Stark is a PhD Candidate at Duke University in the English Department and pursuing a graduate certificate in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies as well as Duke’s Certificate in College Teaching. She has taught several undergraduate courses at Duke University and Saint Louis University, from modern poetry to popular culture and creative writing.
Her creative work has most recently appeared in 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 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 is currently working on her first scholarly book project on experimental poets’ use of comics, cartoon, and pictorial media in twentieth-century American poetry. She is developing a digital mapping archive, titled Prattle, of correspondence between poets from the latter 20th century.