The Gravity of Flesh

Jill Breckenridge embraces the world with her eyes open. Her robust poems laugh, wonder, lament, but they do not blink. Some of the poems seem Chaucerian, especially the title sequence about the State Fair. I can't get them out of my mind, their characters bawdy and bold, wounded and proud. No one else has written them. This book is exhilarating. — Sondra Zeidenstein, Poet, A Detail in that Story

Read an Excerpt

This new collection of poems, "The Gravity of Flesh," published by Nodin Press in May, 2009, is on Amazon.com where you can order it now.







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

Read an Excerpt





Civil Blood

"Through narrative poems, letters, other prose and lyrics, the author has fashioned an economical account as accurate in facts as it is compelling in human drama." — ALA Booklist

Civil Blood was nominated for a National Book Critics' Circle Award and the American Library Association's Notable Books of the year.

Read an Excerpt







Miss Priss and the Con Man

Jill's memoir will be published in 2011 by Nodin Press.

Here is some advance praise for 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

Read an Excerpt





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.