Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Jeanne Marie Beaumont


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 was born and raised in the Philadelphia area and moved to New York City in 1983. She earned an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. Her most recent book is Letters from Limbo (CavanKerry Press, 2016). Her first book, Placebo Effects, selected by William Matthews as a National Poetry Series winner, was published by W.W. Norton in 1997. Her second, Curious Conduct, was published by BOA Editions in 2004 followed by Burning of the Three Fires in 2010. With Claudia Carlson, she co-edited the anthology The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales (Story Line, 2003). Her poems have been included in over three dozen anthologies and textbooks, including Good Poems for Hard Times, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 20th Annual Collection, Poetry Daily: 366 Poems from the World's Most Popular Poetry Website, and The Norton Introduction to Literature, 9th ed. Journals in which her work has appeared include Boston Review, Conduit, Harper's, Harvard Review, Manhattan Review, The Nation, New Letters, Ploughshares, and World Literature Today, among many others. Her poem "Afraid So" was made into a short film by filmmaker Jay Rosenblatt and has been screened at the Museum of Modern Art and numerous galleries and film festivals since 2006, garnering several awards. From 1992 to 2000, she was a co-editor of American Letters & Commentary. She has taught at Rutgers University and at The Frost Place, where she served as director for the Frost Place Advanced Seminar. She is currently an instructor at the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York City.

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)

Curious Conduct (BOA Editions, 2004)

Placebo Effects (W. W. Norton, 1997)

The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales, coedited by Jeanne Marie Beaumont and Claudia Carlson (Story Line Press, 2003)

"The Speaker in This Case: Anne Sexton as Tale-Teller in Transformations"; essay in This Business of Words: Reassessing Anne Sexton, edited by Amanda Golden (Univ. Press of Florida, 2016)


Wit and Witness: The Poems of Wislawa Szymborska   

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.


Awards and Recognition

National Poetry Series Winner, Dana Award for Poetry, Greensboro Review Poetry Award

Black Maria Film Festival Second Prize