I started writing when I was about ten years old. I liked e.e. cummings, T.S. Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay. In college I discovered Sylvia Plath, Rita Dove, Dorianne Laux, Louise Gluck, and Denise Duhamel. I found my true home when I found out speculative poetry was a thing – thanks to editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, who included my work in their early anthology, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (and I will always be grateful!)…

I’ve always liked shorter forms – I’ve tried plays and fiction, I worked as a tech writer, copy editor and journalist, but I’ve always come back to poetry as my one true form…

The challenge is finding an audience. I’ve never had trouble writing – I tend to write more under stress, not less – but finding an audience for that work, that’s a little harder.

Jeannine Hall Gailey
Interviewed by Colleen Anderson 1st February 2020