Jory Mickelson (he/they) is a writer, educator, and retreat facillitator whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in Court Green, Painted Bride Quarterly, Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Jubilat, Mid-American Review, Diode Poetry Journal, The Rumpus, Ninth Letter, and other journals in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. They are the recipient of an Academy of American Poet’s Prize. They have received fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and The Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico. They’re first full-length collection WILDERNESS//KINGDOM is the inaugrual winnter of the Evergreen Award Tour from Floating Bridge Press and a 2020 High Plains Book Award Finalist.
They are a graduate of the University of Idaho’s MFA Program and the former Poetry Editor of 5×5 Lit Mag and the creator of the blog Literary Magpie that uplifts LGBTQAI+ writers, editors and publishers. They have taught workshops and retreats on a wide variety of topics including writing and wilderness, mindfulness, zines, creative writing, and poetry as a spiritual practice. They live in the Pacific Northwest.
Somewhat Artist Statement
The child of two visual artists, I sorted my way through paint, clay and other media to ultimately discover that I prefer making pictures out of words. With a strong background in other artistic disciplines, I learned how visual culture can enrich and expand the written word. In my own writing I aspire not only to incorporate other artists and their work, but to recontextualize and challenge ideas about them. By stretching genres, breaking rules, and treading unfamiliar territory, I hope to engage readers. And through this engagement, transform our understanding of our received meanings and default understandings about the both words and the world.
Raised in the rural West, I was and continue to be immersed in the natural world. Exposure to these fragile and changing ecologies—their enormity and their intricacies—informs my writing and trains my eye to seek out the names and details intrinsic to the places that we inhabit.
As a queer, nonbinary writer living away from a large urban center, my writing straddles uneasy borders: those of regional and pastoral poetics where LGBTQAI+ voices are usually absent, and of the non-urban in queer aesthetics that privileges urbanized voices.
This tension serves as a home ground to wrestle with the questions of personal and collective legacy, of exile and inclusion, and how we may continue to live with and within the world.
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