JEANNE LARSEN
September 2008

Roanoke, VA—\”I write in various genres, but it\’s all one art. I\’ve published a book of poetry (James Cook in Search of Terra Incognita, University Press of Virginia) & a poem sequence in an art book (These Gardens, limited edition privately printed), as well as three novels set in China (Silk Road, Bronze Mirror, Manchu Palaces, all from Henry Holt) & two books of translated poems (Brocade River Poems: Selected Work of the Tang Dynasty Courtesan Xue Tao, Princeton U.P.; Willow, Wine, Mirror, Moon: Women\’s Poems from Tang China, BOA Editions, Ltd.). My poetry & prose appear regularly in such venues as Hunger Mountain, Georgia Review, Pleiades, Blackbird, Arts & Letters, 1913, Greensboro Review, Sewanee Review, Mississippi Review, Fourth Genre, & the on-line version of Tricycle: the Buddhist Review.

\”I\’ve received residency fellowships from the Eastern Frontier Society (on Norton Island, Maine), the Byrdcliffe colony outside Woodstock, & the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Grants & awards have come to me from the NEA (poetry translation), AWP (my first book of poems), the Bread Loaf Writers Conference (fiction), the Japan/U.S. Friendship Commission (creative nonfiction), the Virginia Commission for the Arts (fiction), the  International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (fiction), &, back in my student days, the Academy of American Poets.  Education: B.A., Oberlin (Religion & English); M.A., Hollins (Creative Writing), Ph. D., University of Iowa (Comparative Literature), along with several post-doc seminars through the NEH & The School for Criticism & Theory.

\”I teach Creative Writing & literature at Hollins Univeristy, & just finished a stint as director of the M.F.A. program there. As a practicing Buddhist with some skill in reading literary Chinese, I have the background I need for the poem sequence described in my artist’s statement. I grew up on Army posts in the U.S. & Germany, later lived in Taiwan & Japan, & am settled with my husband in Virginia\’s Roanoke Valley, between the Blue Ridge & the Appalachian highlands.\”

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