Janet McAdams


Janet McAdams, a writer of Scottish, Irish, and Creek ancestry, grew up in Alabama. She's worked as a telephone operator, a cartographer, a camp counselor, a maid, a cook, and an exercise instructor for people with developmental disabilities. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Alabama and her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Emory University, where her studies focused on American Indian poetry. She has taught literature and creative writing at the University of Alabama, the American School of El Salvador, the University of Oklahoma, and is presently the Robert P. Hubbard Professor of Poetry at Kenyon College.

Janet is editing a new book series, focused on indigenous poetry, for Salt Publishing called Earthwork. The first four books in this series are from LeAnne Howe, Carter Revard, Diane Glancy & Deborah Miranda, soon to be followed by books from Heid Erdrich and Qwo-li Driskill. She is also coediting (with Geary Hobson) the anthology The People Who Stayed Behind: Southeastern Indian Writing After the Removal and completing a novel, Red Weather, and a second book of poems, Children of Animals. Her poems have been published in North American Review, Poetry, TriQuarterly, Women's Review of Books, Kenyon Review, and other magazines. Her reviews and criticism have been in SAIL:Studies in American Indian Literature, American Indian Quarterly, The Women's Review of Books, and Women Poets of the Americas.

Her poetry has earned her fellowships from both the Alabama and the Georgia state arts councils, and she has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, Ragdale, the Ucross Foundation, the Hambidge Center , Norcroft, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Writing available online

Flood from Poetry Daily
The Island of Lost Luggage & Boulevard of Heroes from the University of Arizona Press.
The Grand Hotel, Advice to Travelers & The Thousand Year War from Today's Alternative News
Twin, Disappearing and The Daughter of No One in storySouth
Interview with the Reader in storySouth
The Manson Girls in The Kenyon Review
After the war, A poem from TriQuarterly
The Orphan Train, A poem from The Women's Review of Books
Buffalo in Six Directions in SAIL
We, I, "Voice," and Voices: Reading Contemporary Native American Poetry from SAIL
An Interview with Carter Revard from SAIL


Janet has been named 2003-2004 Publisher of the Year and 2002 Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year by the Word Craft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. She received the Diane Decorah Award for Poetry in 1999 from the Native Writers Circle of the Americas for The Island of Lost Luggage as well as the American Book Award in 2001. in 1999, she was named Storyteller of the Year (for Readings) from the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers.

Books by Janet McAdams or containing her work

Poetry       icon

The Island of Lost Luggage, (First Book Awards for Poetry) University of Arizona Press.


Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry,
Janice Gould and Dean Rader (Editors), Univ. Arizona Press.
Women Poets of the Americas: Toward a Pan-American Gathering,
Jacqueline Vaught Brogan & Cordelia Candelaria (Editors), Univ. of Notre Dame Pr.
Histories of the world, Reviews from The Women's Review of Books
The Invisible Musician, Review from The American Indian Quarterly

Anthologies       icon

The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror, Fourteenth Annual Collection
Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling (Editors), Griffin.
The Poets' Grimm: 20th Century Poems from Grimm Fairy Tales,
Jeanne Marie Beaumont & Claudia Carlson (Editors), Story Line Press.
Outsiders: Poems About Rebels, Exiles, and Renegades,
Laure-Anne Bosselaar (Editor), Milkweed Editions.

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This is an "official" site in that this page was constructed with the assistance and active collaboration of the poet, Janet McAdams. The website "author" is Karen M. Strom.

© 2003 - Janet McAdams and Karen Strom.

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