Jana-Lee Germaine’s poems have appeared in New Ohio Review, Cimarron Review, Nimrod, Presence 2022, december, Rock & Sling, New South, The Baltimore Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Poet Lore, Southern Poetry Review, The Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. Bellevue Literary Review featured her poem “Eating Disorder” in their “Off the Page” reading series in New York City. She is a Senior Poetry Reader for Ploughshares.

Jana-Lee received her B.A. in Literature from Wheaton College (Illinois), and earned her MFA from Emerson College, where she won several Academy of American Poets awards, Department of Writing, Literature and Publishing awards, and the Dean’s Award for her thesis. Her poetry manuscript, Learning Curve, was a finalist in the 2021 Barrow Street Book Prize.

Jana-Lee has always homeschooled her four children, including three sons in high school and a daughter in middle school. Her family recently spent several years in a tiny village in the midlands of England where the local peacock showed up at their door every morning to ask for biscuits, preferably the chocolate covered variety. She now lives in Lunenburg, MA with her husband, children, and 3 cats. Jana-Lee also loves running, hiking, cycling, lifting, and is an avid gardener.



The Christian Century November 2009 “Christ Pantokrator”

The Potomac Review Spring 2017 “Year of Hiding Out”

Naugatuck River Review Summer/Fall 2017 “Aunt Hat”

San Diego Poetry Annual 2017-2018 (published Feb. 2018) “The Manicure”

Serving House Journal Spring 2018 “The Manicure”

Painted Bride Quarterly Issue 97 April 2018 “Nightmare”

Poet Lore Vol. 113 No. 1/2 Spring/Summer 2018“Daughter”

The Carolina Quarterly 67.2 Spring/Summer 2018 “The Magician’s Assistant II” & “Early Frost, Deep Freeze” (pub. under title “The Magician’s Assistant”)

Southern Poetry Review Vol. 55 Issue 2 2018 “Desideratum”

Bellevue Literary Review Issue 35 Fall 2018 “Eating Disorder”

The Baltimore Review Winter 2020 “Oklahoma, Blackbirds”

december Vol 31.1 Spring 2020 “Compline” & “Overdose”

Cimarron Review Issue 211, Spring 2020 “Lake Night”

New Ohio Review Vol  28 Fall 2020 “Thursday Night, DivorceCare

Nimrod Awards 42 issue Vol. 64 No. 1, Fall/Winter 2020 “Learning Curve”

Rock & Sling 16.1, Fall 2021 “Response: On Pitcher Mountain”

New South (Forthcoming spring 2022) “Difficult To Write A Love Poem”

Presence 2022 (forthcoming April 2022) “The Bats”



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Ingeborg Riedmaier reads “Eating Disorder” by JanaLee Germaine at BLR’s Off the Page reading: Watch.

Despy Boutris’ blog on similes mentions Jana-Lee’s poem “Lake Night” here.








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