Jessica Bane Robert earned her MFA from the Stonecoast Creative Writing Program, University of Southern Maine in 2007. She has taught writing and literature courses for the English and Interdisciplinary departments at Clark University since then. She currently is the Assistant Director of the Writing Center and Writing Program and a LEEP Center Adviser. Some of her course offerings include Expository Writing, Sense of Place, Introduction to Creative Writing, Introduction to Fiction, and a first-year seminar entitled Heat of the Poem, Heart of the Poet.
Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and journals and have won prizes such as the Rita Dove International Poetry Prize and the International Merit Award from the Atlanta Review. Her first chap book of poems, Scarred Seasons, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press and was nominated for a Mass Book Award and a Pen New England Literary Award.
Bane Robert owns the Barred Owl Retreat: Center for Writing and Learning in Leicester, MA that provides individual and group retreats for artists and educators.www.barredowlretreat.com