Jen Jabaily-Blackburn and Amanda Shaw Read Their Poetry Wed, June 5 at 7 pm


 An Evening of Poetry with Jen Jabaily-Blackburn and Amanda Shaw



Jen Jabaily-Blackburn--Girl in a Bear Suit

“Jen Jabaily-Blackburn’s Girl in a Bear Suit effervesces with wit, imagination, and sheer verve...The woman is a bear and the bear is a woman and all are beasts and all are stars in the night sky of this dazzling first book. When the poet writes: “I woke up brilliant in a forest,” I believe her and you should too.”
 Jennifer Chang

Just recently released, Girl in a Bear Suit is Jen Jabaily-Blackburn’s first book of poems. Her work has appeared in or is coming soon from SIR, Arkansas International, Palette Poetry, Salamander, Fugue, Banshee, On the Seawall, Couplet Poetry, Indiana Review, The Common, and Massachusetts Review, among others. Her poems have twice been selected for Best New Poets.  Originally from the Boston area, she now lives in Western Massachusetts with her family. In 2024, she joined the advisory board of Perugia Press, and she is an associate editor of Nine Syllables Press, housed at Smith College, where she is the Program & Outreach coordinator for the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center.


Amanda Shaw--It Will Have Been So Beautiful

"It Will Have Been So Beautiful, Amanda Shaw’s wonderful debut, is as interested in language itself as what language can make. With an “ear attuned / to silences,” Shaw explores the complexity of human interactions, of being human, managing illness, home, love, and loss. Energetic, deploying a rich vernacular and music, her collection sings, even, or perhaps especially, in the midst of the most challenge or difficulty. “This shouldn’t be beautiful,” she writes, but to the contrary, it is. —Nathan McClain, author of Previously Owned

Amanda Shaw is a 1997 graduate of Smith and received her MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers in January 2020. A teacher for over 20 years, she also works as an editor at the World Bank and is the book review editor for Lily Poetry Review. Though she has lived in Brooklyn, Detroit, Geneva, and Rome, she currently divides her time between New Hampshire, where she was born, and Washington, D.C.

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 5, 2002

Event address: 

Broadside Bookshop
247 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060