Jeanetta Calhoun Mish is a poet, writer and literary scholar; in 2009, she earned her Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Oklahoma. In 2017, Jeanetta was named Oklahoma State Poet Laureate and in April 2019, she was awarded a Poets Laureate Fellowship from The Academy of American Poets, funded by the Mellon Foundation. Mish’s project for the Fellowship is to give poetry workshops in rural, underserved, and low-income public schools.

Mish’s most recent books are a poetry collection, What I Learned at the War (West End Press, 2016) and Oklahomeland: Essays, (Lamar University Press,  2015). Her first poetry book, Tongue Tied Woman, won the Edda Poetry Chapbook Competition for Women in 2002. Her second poetry collection, Work Is Love Made Visible (West End Press, 2009), won the 2010 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry, the 2010 Western Heritage Award for Poetry from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the 2010 WILLA Award for Poetry from Women Writing the West. 

Mish has published poetry in Sundress Best Dressed, This Land, Naugatuck River Review, Concho River Review, Poetry BaySugar, Red River Review, World Literature Today, Yellow Medicine Reviewand in “Walt’s Corner” of the The Long-Islander. Mish regularly writes essays for Oklahoma Today; her memoir-essay, “Broken Branches” was published in Sugar Mule: A Literary Magazine. She has also published essays in Hard Crackers, Oklahoma Review, and in collections of photographer Craig Varjabedian’s images, including Landscape Dreams: A New Mexico Portrait  (2012) and his 2018 collection, Into the Great White Sands. An essay for Voices of the Heartland II is forthcoming.

Mish has participated in literary readings and qpresented workshops for more than 30 years, including repeat performances as a founding member of the Woody Guthrie Poets at the Woody Guthrie Free Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma. Other venues include many colleges, universities, and public schools as well as the Telluride Mushroom Festival Poetry Extravaganza; Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art; Returning the Gift Indigenous Literary Festival; Red Dragon Reading Series (SUNY Oneonta), Café Lena, Mark Allen Everett Poetry Series (U of OK); Bridgewater (VA) International Poetry Festival; Occupy Rodgers Park (Chicago); The Raven Bookstore (Lawrence, KS); Western Literature Association, Working-Class Studies Association, Booksmart Tulsa; Twig Bookstore (San Antonio); The Taos Poetry Circus Invitational Reading; Red Dirt Book Festival; Scissortail Creative Writing Festival, C.W. Post Poetry Center at LIU; New York State Writers Institute Community Voices Series and Readings Against the End of the World, both in Albany, NY; and The Knitting Factory in New York.

In addition to her creative work, Mish has published critical essays on poetry in Stunned into Being: Essays on the Poetry of Lorna Dee Cervantes and an essay on the poetry of Demetria Martinez in Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular. 

She guest-edited "Writing the Great Recession," a special section on world-wide working-class writing, for the November/December 2013 World Literature Today as well as a special section on "New Native Writing" for the May/June 2017 issue of World Literature Today. As founding editor of Mongrel Empire Press, Mish edited, introduced, and published  the 2010 anthology, Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing and edited a Sugar Mule special issue on Women Writing Nature. She is  editor of award-winning Mongrel Empire Press and contributing editor for Oklahoma Today and World Literature Today



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