Marc Jampole

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Marc Jampole
Born (1950-07-24) 24 July 1950 (age 73)
New York City
OccupationPublic Relations Executive
Television news reporter

Marc Jampole (born July 24, 1950) is an American poet, public relations executive, former television news reporter and political blogger.

Background and education[edit]

In the 1970s, Jampole taught French and German language and literature and filmmaking at the University of Washington. He also made several avant-garde films that were shown at a number of independent film festivals.[1]


Jampole formed Jampole Communications, Inc. in 1989. As principal, Jampole wrote more than 1,800 articles and was a well-known speaker on media-relations and crisis communications. He was frequently quoted in the mass media as a public relations expert.[2][3][4][5] Jampole also developed communications plans for more than 100 crises and handled three of the largest Chapter 11 bankruptcies in American history - the bankruptcy of Allegheny International and two Penn Traffic Company bankruptcies.[6] At the end of 2016, Jampole sold the operations of Jampole Communications to Pittsburgh-based Wordwrite Communications, where he serves as executive vice president.”[7]

Jampole also writes for Jewish Currents and serves on its editorial board.[8]


Jampole has published one book of poetry, Music From Words (Bellday Books 2007).[9] His poems have been published in many poetry journals and anthologies, including The Mississippi Review,[10] The Evansville Review, The Courtland Review,[11] Vallum, Cutthroat, Slant Magazine, Illumen, Oxford Magazine, Janus Head,[12] Only the Sea Keeps (2005 Bayeaux Arts Press),[13] Wilderness House Literary Review,[14][15] Ellipsis,[16] Journey (2009 Eden Waters Press),[17] and Acapella Zoo,[18] among others. Four of his poems were nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2008.[9]

Slant: A Journal of Poetry references Marc Jampole as a poet whose work verges on the experimental or brash.[19]

Jampole's work is rarely autobiographical.[1] The narrators in his poems are sometimes famous people, biblical or historical figures and sometimes ordinary people at a point of epiphany or anagnorisis. In one poem, a real-estate agent who thinks he's Moses sees the burning bush in an upscale suburb. In others, Gilgamesh gets caught in a traffic jam, Blaise Pascal faces a crisis of faith and faith in reason, a former whiz kid disassociates into psychosis and Hugo Ball, one of the founders of the Dada movement, sells his wife to soldiers.[9] He also writes in reaction to world events, such as the 2004 tsunami in Southeast Asia.[20]



  • Music from Words (Bellday Books 2007)


  • The Great American Wise Ass Poetry Anthology (2016)
  • And Love (Jacar Press 2012)
  • Fusion of Form (2009)
  • Bagel Bards IV (2009) and V (2010)
  • Natural Language (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh 2010)
  • Journey (Eden Waters Press 2009)
  • A Poet's Haggadah (Ain't Got No Press 2008)
  • Along These Rivers (Quadrant Publishing 2008)
  • Only the Sea Keeps (Bayeaux Arts 2005)

Literary publications[edit]

  • 580 Split
  • Acapella Zoo
  • Big City Lit
  • China Grove
  • Cortland Review
  • Curbside Review
  • Cutthroat
  • Ellipsis
  • Illumen
  • Janus Head
  • Jewish Currents
  • Main Street Rag
  • Miracle
  • Mississippi Review
  • Orphic Lute
  • Oxford Magazine
  • Paper Street
  • Peralta Press
  • Pittsburgh Poetry Review
  • Pittsburgh Quarterly
  • Rat’s Ass Review
  • Recours au Poéme
  • Rune
  • Sin Fronteras
  • Slant: A Journal of Poetry
  • The Evansville Review
  • Vallum
  • White Pelican Review
  • Wilderness House Review
  • Yawp!


  • Landscapes of Desire - 2012

OpEdge Blog[edit]

Jampole has written the OpEdge blog since 2009. OpEdge discusses the political and social issues of the day from a left-wing point of view, often using academic and secondary research to make the case for his views, including raising taxes on the wealthy,[21][22][23] cutting the military budget[24][25] and turning away from the celebrity-fueled culture of consumption.[26][27] National Public Radio[28] and other media have frequently quoted or referenced OpEdge articles. OpEdge articles also often appears on the websites of The Progressive Populist[29], Jewish Currents[30][31][32],and Vox Populi.


  1. ^ a b "Interview with Marc Jampole", Cervena Barva Press
  2. ^ Jampole, Marc. "Smashing Myths: Many public relations people are headed in the wrong direction." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 23, 2004.[1]
  3. ^ Sostek, Anya. "Occupy Movement presents tricky public relations challenge for targeted companies." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. October 30, 2011. [2]
  4. ^ Jampole, Marc. "Companies should employ strategies to overcome bankruptcy stigma." Pittsburgh Business Times. December 3, 2001. [3]
  5. ^ Lindeman, Teresa. "Some criticize Target's response to breach as too slow." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 20, 2013. [4]
  6. ^ Goins, Tony. "Penn Traffic closing five local Big Bear stores." Columbus Business First. October 10, 2003. [5]
  7. ^ Tascarella, Patty. “Longtime Pittsburgh PR agencies combining.” Pittsburgh Business Times. November 30, 2016
  8. ^ Jampole, Marc. "Class Warfare from the Mid-'30s until Today" Jewish Currents. February 18, 2014. [6]
  9. ^ a b c Jampole, Marc. Music from Words Bellday Books 2007. []
  10. ^ Jampole, Marc. "Dot & Sylvia." The Mississippi Review Vol. 31 #1-2. Spring 2003. "MR 31/1&2 MR Prize 2003". Archived from the original on 2010-07-19. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
  11. ^ Jampole, Marc. "Instead of Sex." The Courtland Review Issue 46. Feb 2010. [7]
  12. ^ Jampole, Marc. "These Are a Few," "Divine Amnesia," "A Brother's Funeral." Janus Head #74 "Addiction 2". 2004. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2012-03-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ Jampole, Marc. "If Nature had a Conscious." Only the Sea Keeps. Bayeaux Arts Press. 2005.
  14. ^ Jampole, Marc. "Garbo at 48." Wilderness House Review Vol. 2 #4. Winter 2008. [8]
  15. ^ Jampole, Marc. "At the Cocktail Party," "On Manhattan Beach with Love and Thanatos." Wilderness House Review Vol. 3 #1. Spring 2008. [9]
  16. ^ Jampole, Marc. "The Wrestler" Ellipsis #44. Spring 2008 Archived 2012-07-23 at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Jampole, Marc. "A Modern Passion." Journey. Eden Waters Press. 2009.[10] Archived 2012-03-14 at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Jampole, Marc. "The Walk Away." Acapella Zoo #1. Fall 2008
  19. ^ "Slant: A Journal of Poetry." University of Central Arkansas.
  20. ^ Behe, Regis. "Tsunami project reveals quality of poetry in Pittsburgh area." Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. December 25, 2005.[11] Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine
  21. ^ Jampole, Marc (August 25, 2013). ""Another proof we need to tax the wealthy more: funds for investing in guitars & stamps."". OpEdge.
  22. ^ Jampole, Marc (December 21, 2017). "New tax bill tries something that's already failed many times". OpEdge.
  23. ^ Jampole, Marc (September 18, 2017). ""If the goal is a strong economy, tax reform should lower taxes on the wealthy and rise them on wealthy."".
  24. ^ Jampole, Marc (August 17, 2018). ""U.S. spends 40% of world's total military budget & it's controlled by an inconsistent & bellicose ignoramus."". OpEdge.
  25. ^ Jampole, Marc (December 11, 2012). ""Why is all the talk about cutting payments to the poor and elderly. How about cutting defense?"". OpEdge.
  26. ^ Jampole, Marc (October 30, 2017). ""The commercialization of Halloween has helped further the infantilization of American culture."". OpEdge.
  27. ^ Jampole, Marc (April 25, 2011). ""You can ignore the royal wedding, but not he overwhelming presence of celebrity culture."". OpEdge.
  28. ^ Jampole, Marc (January 19, 2017). ""Comic Hero: Why Donald Trump's Candid Rhetoric Resonates with Supporters."". OpEdge.
  29. ^ "OpEdge". The Progressive Populist.
  30. ^ Jampole, Marc (March 29, 2018). "OpEdge: Making of Our Tables One Table". Jewish Currents.
  31. ^ Jampole, Marc (March 16, 2018). ""OpEdge: Truth versus Republican Brainwashing."". Jewish Currents.
  32. ^ Jampole, Marc (November 29, 2017). ""OpEdge: Taxes and the Politics of Crass Selfishness."". Jewish Currents.