Who is Jill Breckenridge?
Jill grew up as a cowgirl in the West, where she finished her first two years of college.
After moving to Minnesota, she —
Today, Jill shares her life with playwright, John Fenn, in Minneapolis, where they raised a combined family of five children and two dogs, sundry cats, snakes, lizards, and guinea pigs.
What has Jill written?
The Gravity of Flesh
"Contains forty poems and thirty-three of them are my very favorite... Breckenridge has a tough-mindedness that eliminates the non-essential...and it gives the book an exhilarating density. She never wastes the reader's time - every poem matters..." — Connie Wanek, poet and reviewer for mnartists.org
How to Be Lucky
"Page after page in this collection loads the reader with lore and insights and sometimes truly trenchant emotional epiphanies. Further, I think this book maintains a strong tone and character throughout." — William Stafford, 1990 Bluestem Award Final Judge
"...an extraordinary marriage of fact and imagination, and an abundance of vision and skill which has led the poet to invent a kaleidoscope of voices, forms, styles, and genres to create a panorama of the human heart that we associate only with rare, rich novels." — Lisel Mueller
"Cabell's story has the force of verisimilitude... (His) half-dozen military engagements contain some of the author's most powerfully critical writing...in terms that recall the...horribly graphic battle scenes of the 'Illiad.'" — Emily Grosholz, The New York Times Book Review
Miss Priss and the Con Man
"In Miss Priss and the Con Man, Jill Breckenridge brings her counselor's insight, her poet's voice and a daughter's love to her tales of growing up in what seems like a truly wild West. And she is up to the role too, of heroine, in a place and a time filled with shysters and horses, and booze that never stops flowing. Would that every con man had a Miss Priss to tell his story." — Jane Hamilton
Jill's memoir will be published in 2011 by Nodin Press.
"The Horoscope Promises Me A Mother's Gift,"
"Winter Heart," published in the 2003 anthology, Family Reunion: Poems About Parenting Grown Children, published by Chicory Blue Press,
"Cooking Catalogue," published in 2005 anthology, Sweeping Beauty: Contemporary Women Poets Do Housework, published by University of Iowa Press.
Which awards has she won?
Jill Breckenridge is available for readings of her poetry or memoir, and talks on various other topics about writing and publishing. You may contact Jill through this website.