Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Jeanne Marie Beaumont

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Office Location

Stonecoast MFA Office: 98 Bedford Street, Portland, ME 04103


Stonecoast MFA Office: 207-780-4423

Academic Degrees

  • MFA, Columbia University
  • BA, Eastern University


Jeanne Marie Beaumont grew up in the Philadelphia area. She is the author of four collections of poetry: Letters from Limbo (2016), Burning of the Three Fires (2010), Curious Conduct (2004), and Placebo Effects, which was a winner of the National Poetry Series (1997). With Claudia Carlson, she edited The Poets Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales. Her poem "Afraid So" was made into an award-winning short film by filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt and has screened at festivals worldwide. Her poems appear in over two dozen anthologies and textbooks, and she was the 2009 winner of the Dana Award for Poetry. She has taught at Rutgers University, The Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y, and The Frost Place, where she directed the Advanced Poetry Seminar for five years. Since 1983, she has lived in Manhattan.

Areas of Scholarship

Myth and fairy tale in poetry; writers and mental illness; ekphrastic poetry; historical and researched poetry; hybrid genres (prose poems, verse plays, etc); object poems; persona poems/dramatic monologue; ruins; book arts.

Recent Publications

Letters from Limbo (CavanKerry Press, 2016)

Burning of the Three Fires (BOA Editions, 2010)

Essay: "The Speaker in This Case: Anne Sexton as Tale-Teller in Transformations" in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton, edited by Amanda Golden (University of Miami Press, 2016)


Wit and Witness: The Poems of Wislawa Szymborska    

Jeanne Marie Beaumont

This seminar will explore the work of the important postwar Polish poet and Nobel Laureate (1996) Wislawa Szymborska. Richard Howard has called her “a great European poet,” and Robert Hass has deemed her “a poet to live with.” Full of sly craft, inventive forms, and “a subversive muse of vulnerability” (Howard again), her poems are social, political, personal, and transcendent, and thus provide inspirational models to study and learn from. We will also take a look at a few alternate translations and discuss what it is about her work that translates successfully into English.

Required Reading:

Wislawa Szymborska, View with a Grain of Sand: Selected Poems, translated by Stanislaw Baranczak and Clare Cavanagh (Harcourt Brace)

Creative Activity

I am interested in blending and working in different genres. I am currently shaping a multi-voiced version of part of Letters from Limbo with hopes of staging it. I also do visual art, as well as tap and jazz dance. I have studied book arts and have made several books by hand.