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Jillian Weise


Jillian Weise was born in Houston, Texas, in 1981. Her first poetry collection, The Amputee's Guide to Sex, is a bold investigation of disability and sexuality. Weise has said of its composition, "In a way, I did not know what it meant to be disabled until I started writing the poems." The Los Angeles Times wrote, "Readers who can handle the hair-raising experience of Jillian Weise's gutsy poetry debut will be rewarded with…a fearless dissection of the taboo and the hidden." Her poem "Incision" succeeds in the collection's task to "translate the experience of physical difference to the page," as Weise describes it, by employing stunning description and spirited, even sassy, tones. Weise is also a playwright; her work has been staged at the New York Fringe Festival and the Provincetown Playwrights Festival. Her awards include the Fred Chappell Fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, and the Alan Dugan Writing Fellowship in Provincetown's Fine Arts Work Center. Weise currently lives in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, on a Fulbright Fellowship, where she is visiting Charles Darwin's old haunts and working with his notebooks. This animation was created by John Roberts, and Weise reads.

To read this and other poems by Jillian Weise, as well as biographical information about the poet, please visit the Poetry Foundation Web site.