Jane Mead (born 1958 in Baltimore) is an American poet, author of three poetry collections. Her most recent is The Usable Field (Alice James Books, 2008). Her honors include fellowships from the Lannan and Guggenheim Foundations, and a Whiting Writer's Award. Her poems have appeared in literary journals and magazines including Ploughshares, Electronic Poetry Review, The American Poetry Review, The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly, The Antioch Review, and in anthologies including The Best American Poetry 1990. She lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, until she was twelve. Her father taught ichthyology at Harvard University. After Cambridge, she moved around a great deal with her mother and stepfather, who was a journalist, living in New Mexico, London, and Cambridge, England. She graduated from Vassar College and from Syracuse University and the University of Iowa. She taught and was Poet-in-Residence at Wake Forest University. Since the death of her father in 2003, she has managed the family ranch in Northern California. She teaches at New England College and co-owns Prairie Lights in Iowa City, Iowa.
Honors and awards
- 2004 Ploughshares Cohen Award
- 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship
- 1992 Whiting Writer's Award for The Lord And The General Din of the World
- Lannan Foundation Completion Grant
Full-Length Poetry Collections
- The Usable Field. Alice James Books. 2008. ISBN 978-1-882295-69-2.
- House of Poured-Out Waters. University of Illinois Press. 2001. ISBN 978-0-252-06944-4.
- The Lord and the General Din of the World. Sarabande Books. 1996. ISBN 978-0-9641151-1-8.
- Jane Mead, ed. (1994). Many and more: a celebration of love in later life. Timken Publishers. ISBN 978-0-943221-21-2.
- "An Interview with Jane Mead" > Poetry Daily
- Poem: "The Origin", poets.org
- Poem: "Alleged Speculation", Electronic Poetry Review
- Poem: "The Specter and His World are One ", Electronic Poetry Review
- Poem: "The High Hither, The Embrace", Electronic Poetry Review
- Poem: "The Part—and the Whole of It", Electronic Poetry Review