Jan Chronister

Jan Chronister has been trying to figure things out through poetry since she was in high school. Her short, lean poems have been called “exquisite, gorgeous, and brainy.”

Jan’s work appears in numerous state, regional and national journals and anthologies. She has won awards from Lake Superior Writers, the Tallgrass Writers Guild, Highland Park Poetry, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and League of Minnesota Poets.

Jan’s first chapbook Target Practice was published by Parallel Press at the University of Wisconsin in 2009. Casualties, a chapbook of Holocaust poems, was published in 2017. Her full-length collection Caught between Coasts was released by Clover Valley Press in 2018 and was recognized as an Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the Wisconsin Library Association. A third chapbook, Bird Religion, was published in 2019.

Jan founded The Thunderbird Review in 2013 while teaching writing at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota. Now retired, Jan continues to teach poetry workshops and plan poetry events. She co-edits Ariel Anthology with Lucy Tyrrell, poet laureate of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Jan is serving as president of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets from 2016-2021.

She lives in the woods near Maple, Wisconsin with her husband Bob. More about Jan and her work can be found at her website by clicking here.

Truth Serum Press published Jan’s poetry collection Decennia in August 2020.

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Jan has also contributed to the anthologies Summer, Wiser, Happy², Lust, Gluttony, Greed, Sloth, Wrath, Envy, Pride, Indigomania, The Beautifullest, Verdant, The Tyranny of Bacon, Glow, Wrong Way Go Back, 100 Lives, Birth, Growing Up, Friendship, Appointment at 10.30, Work, Marriage and Home.