Jessica Smith was the founding editor of Foursquare and name magazines and Coven Press. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, she received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature: Language Theory, M.A. in Comparative Literature, and M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, where she participated in the Poetics Program; her M.F.A. in Poetry from Miami University (Ohio); and an M.A.E. in Secondary Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She teaches Gender Studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and English at the University of Alabama, where she is also a Ph.D. student in Library and Information Sciences. Jessica is the author of eighteen chapbooks including Fever (Model Press 2021) and Lion's Den (above/ground press 2019) and three full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006), Life-List (Chax Press 2015), and How to Know the Flowers (Veliz Books 2019). Her fourth "book," The Daybooks, which comprises a series of four books, is forthcoming starting in 2023.
Chax Press Reading (2017)
Coven/Bloof Press Reading (2018)
Dusie Books Reading (2018)
Experiments in Intimacy: Visual Poetics of Femme Friendship (2018)