Jeanette Powers is a poet, novelist, performance artist and visual artist from the Midwest of the US. They have been working professionally in the arts since 2013 as part of numerous community based projects. They ran the generative performance arts venue, Uptown Arts Bar, from 2013-2019, facilitating between 50-75 original performing arts shows each month. The venue had an intersectional magic, and had performers and audiences both of incredibly diverse composition. It was especially open to KC's bold and amazing trans community.
JP currently is preparing for the 2020 Dandylion Riot Tour, which is an exploration of alternative communal living experiences as well as many stops to read poetry across the US. They also are the founder and editor in chief of Stubborn Mule Press, a small, indie poetry press focusing on marginalized poetic voices who explore the inner frontier. JP has worked as Logistics Guru for FountainVerse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest since 2016, and is thrilled to see that festival grow. It is now the cornerstone of sponsor Charlotte Street Foundation's "Literary Month of October" and expanding with them into their new arts complex.
Powers' work can be found across the web on many literary sites, including Thimble Lit Mag, The Wild Word, As It Ought To Be Magazine and more, and they have nine books of poetry out and their first novel, Victimless Crime, is now available. JP also features at universities for poetry readings and offers workshops to all sorts of communities.
published at The Wild Word
" the river is sweet tea and way high
and although it’s one hundred and five
the humidity makes it feel like hell blew through
and found it couldn’t take the heat ... "
published at Ghost City Press
" Miley Cyrus finds herself
in the swimming pool
and the water is sick with chlorine stench
and the children are playing with abandon
which is to her horrendous ..."
published at Black Coffee Review
" Once I painted a painting oddly similar to this one. It was a bodily form, but really it was the letter i, because I was afraid to be myself in those old days. At least afraid to be my vulnerable self, however unafraid I was to be my raging self..."
I recorded the title poem, Dandylion Riot, to the new book and posted in on my poet page on FB. Through us a like while you are over there!
published at Rusty Truck
" Aunt Sonja died of diabetes
and having watched another aunt later
go this same way, I don’t think anyone
really gave their best effort to stop her
or maybe everyone hates themselves
or knows they couldn’t do any better
or maybe just no one knows
how to tell someone I don’t want you to die ..."
Originally published in Chiron Review, reprinted here for online reading! Thanks to CR for nominating this poem for a Pushcart Prize!
" It’s the way everyone is walking around
with so much grace, knowing they are going to die..."