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. Jeanetta is the 2017-18 State Poet Laureate of Oklahoma.

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 recently published poetry in The FiddlebackThis Land, Naugatuck River Review, Concho River Review, LABOR: Studies in Working Class History of the Americas, Poetry BaySugar MuleProtestPoems.orgBlast FurnaceWorld Literature Todayand in “Walt’s Corner” of the The Long-Islander.  As a contributing editor, Mish regularly writes essays for Oklahoma Today and her memoir-essay, “Broken Branches” was recently published in Sugar Mule: A Literary Magazine. Mish edited and introduced the 2010 anthology,  Ain't Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing. She is also the editor of the award-winning Mongrel Empire Press and contributing editor for Oklahoma Today and World Literature Today. Dr. Mish is the Director of The Red Earth Creative Writing MFA program at Oklahoma City University where she also serves as a faculty member in poetry and writing pedagogy.

Mish has participated in poetry readings and workshops for more than 20 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 and universities, Telluride Institute’s Native American Writers Program; The Taos Poetry Circus Invitational ReadingRed Dirt Book FestivalScissortail Creative Writing FestivalC.W. Post Poetry Center at LIUNew 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 in Mediating Chicana/o Culture: Multicultural American Vernacular. She guest-edited Writing the Great Recession, a special section on working class writing, for the November/December 2013 World Literature Today and, in May 2017, edited  a special section on New Native Writing."

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