My bio

Jean Monahan received an MFA from the Creative Writing Division at Columbia University. She is the author of Hands (Anhinga Press 1992), Believe It or Not (Orchises Press 1999), and Mauled Illusionist (Orchises Press, 2006). She is currently working on a fourth collection, Search Party.


"Woman Falls Asleep Doing the Sunday Crossword." The Book of Irish American Poetry: From the Eighteenth Century to the Present, edited by Daniel Tobin, Notre Dame Press, spring 2007

“You Can Lead A Horse to Water,” "If Wishes Were Horses,” “Horsehair Insulation” and “With the Flesh Remaining.” Say This Of Horses, University of Iowa Press, April, 2007

“Gretel, Lost” and “The Gift.” The Poets’ Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales, Story Line Press, 2003

“Same Difference,” ‘Stuck” and “Cylinder of Jellyfish.”chosen by Heather McHugh, Publishing Online, March 2001

“Biking At Dusk Along The Charles.” Crossing Boundaries: An International Anthology of Women’s Experiences in Sport, Human Kinetics, June 1999

“Medusa Cuts Her Hair” “Cassandra” and “Perseus Appears To The Three Gray Women." Orpheus & Company, The University Press of New England, March 1999


Her poems have appeared in PoetryThe American Scholar, The Atlantic Monthly, The BelieverColumbia: a Journal of Art and Literature, Chelsea, DoubleTake Magazine, Graham House Review, Manhattan Review, Memorious, The New Republic, Orion, Salamander, Seneca Review, Shenandoah, and many others.


1991 Anhinga Prize for her first book, 2nd prize in the 1998 River Styx contest, the Open Voice Award from The Writer's Voice of the West Side YMCA, the John Williams Andrews Narrative Poetry Prize from The Writer's Center/Poet Lore, and runner up for the Grolier Prize from the Ellen La Forge Memorial Poetry Foundation Inc. She was a fellow at Yaddo during the summer of 1994.


Daniel said…
Hi. I just wanted to say I read "Believe It Or Not" a couple years ago, and it was quickly one of my favorite poems. The imagery is so vivid, and the theme so striking. Great work. Cute baby too :)

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