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Jessica Q. Stark is a mixed-race poet and scholar that lives in Jacksonville, Florida. She holds a BA from UC Berkeley and dual MA Degrees in English Literature from Saint Louis University’s Madrid Campus. She received her PhD in English from Duke University. She has published scholarly articles on poetry and comics studies and is working on her first scholarly book project on experimental poets’ use of comics, cartoon, and pictorial media in twentieth-century US American poetry. She teaches writing at the University of North Florida.

Her poetry has most recently appeared in Poetry Society of America, Pleiades, Up the Staircase Quarterly, Carolina Quarterly, Poetry Daily, Hobart Pulp, Verse Daily, Tupelo QuarterlyPotluck, and for the Glass Poetry Journal: Poets Resist series. Her first poetry manuscript, The Liminal Parade, was selected by Dorothea Lasky for the Double Take Grand Prize in 2016 and was published by Heavy Feather Review. She is the author of three chapbooks including the mini-chapbook, Vasilisa the Wise, that was published by Ethel Zine Press in 2018.

Her first full-length poetry collection, Savage Pageant, which was a finalist for the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Book Prize, the 42 Miles Press Book Prize, and the Rose Metal Press Hybrid Book Prize, was published by Birds, LLC in March 2020. Savage Pageant was named one of the “Best Books of 2020” in The Boston Globe and in Hyperallergic. Her second poetry manuscript, Buffalo Girl, explores a short time in her mother’s life, Vietnamese diaspora, and revises different iterations of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. She writes poetry reviews for Carolina Quarterly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She is currently an Assistant Poetry Editor for AGNI and the Comics Editor for Honey Literary.

In her free time, she is a cat-lover and has been trained as a Level Two Reiki practitioner.