About

Photo by Doug Anderson © 2016

Photo by Doug Anderson © 2016

Jan Freeman is a poet and the former director of Paris Press. Her recent book of poems, Blue Structure, nominated for the Kingsley Tufts Award, was published by Calypso Editions. She is the author of Simon Says, nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award; Hyena, recipient of the Cleveland State Poetry Center poetry prize; and the chapbook Autumn Sequence. She has received fellowships from Moulin a Nef (Auvillar, France), the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Wurlitzer Foundation, and other artist residencies. Her poems have appeared in many anthologies and journals, including American Poetry Review, Prairie Schooner, The Women's Review of Books, The Southern Review, Bloom, the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day, and most recently Plume. She is at work on a new collection of poems, Mobius.

Freeman founded Paris Press in 1995 to bring back into print Muriel Rukeyser's groundbreaking prose work The Life of Poetry. In April 2018, Paris Press was acquired by Wesleyan University Press, and the Press’s archives were acquired by Amherst College. She lives in western Massachusetts, where she provides editorial services and manuscript consultations to poets and writers throughout the U.S.

FromPostscript: bringing The Life of Poetry back to life” (Textual Practice, Issue 7, Volume 32, 2018).

From The House Is Made of Poetry, "Poetry and Life, Poetry and Ruth" by Jan Freeman. The title essay about the life and work of Ruth Stone. To read, click here.

To view a call-and-response poetry reading by Jan Freeman with poems of Emily Dickinson read by Ellen Louise Hart, click here.

To hear the Ex Libris interview with Jan Freeman speaking about Muriel Rukeyser, click here.