posted May 15, 2007

Collection of Poems by Jackie Bartley Published

Jackie Bartley of the Hope College English faculty is the author of "Ordinary Time," a collection of poems published recently by Spire Press Inc. of New York City.

The collection has been published as the winner of an annual competition sponsored by Spire Press Inc. for collections of poetry.

"Jackie Bartley's 'Ordinary Time' is a collection of extraordinary poems: each one shimmering in metaphoric richness; each one unwavering in its quiet sense of truth," author Linda Nemec Foster has written. "There are no casual observations in Bartley's universe where every single event is infused with wonder and grace - whether it occurs in an exotic village in Bolivia or the familiar landscape of a Midwest plain."

Bartley, an adjunct assistant professor of English, has previously published six books of poems, from "Bloodroot" in 2002 through "Women Fresh from Water" in 2005. Her work has appeared in "Artful Dodge," "Hayden's Ferry Review," "Sulphur River Literary Review," "Tar River Poetry," "West Branch" and many other journals.

Four of her poems have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. She received awards for summer poetry residencies from the Ragdale Foundation in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2005.

A member of the Hope faculty since 1989, Bartley earned a B.S. from Clarion University in Pennsylvania and an MFA in creative writing from Western Michigan University. Her degrees from Clarion are in biology and medical technology, and she worked as a medical technologist for 15 years before she began writing poetry.