Book of Poetry by Jackie Bartley Published
Posted May 24, 2002
HOLLAND -- Jackie Bartley of the Hope College
English faculty is the author of "Bloodroot," a book of
poetry published in April by the Edwin Mellen Press.
The poems in "Bloodroot" are divided into three
general thematic sections. The first section focuses on
Bartley's mother and childhood; the second reflects on work
in science, particularly medical science; the third explores
societal issues and culture, ranging from racism and teen
school shootings to travel in Bolivia.
The hardcover book includes new poems as well as
works previously published in journals and chapbooks.
"Bloodroot" costs $14.95, and is available in the college's
Hope-Geneva Bookstore, located on the ground level of the
Bartley wrote some of the poems in "Bloodroot"
during residencies at the Ragdale Foundation and the Mary
Anderson Center for the Arts, as well as through support
from the Arts Foundation of Michigan in partnership with the
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. She has
been awarded an additional residency from the Ragdale
Foundation for the current summer.
Located on the grounds of architect Howard Van
Doren Shaw's Arts and Crafts style home in Lake Forest,
Ill., the Ragdale Foundation was established in 1976 to
provide peaceful, uninterrupted time for working artists.
Acceptance is highly competitive, and recipients are chosen
through an application process with primary emphasis placed
on evaluation of a work sample. Each year, more than 175
artists, writers and composers receive Ragdale residencies
that last between two and eight weeks.
Bartley is an adjunct assistant professor of
English and director of IDS 101 at Hope. She has been a
member of the faculty since 1989.
She did her undergraduate work at Clarion
University in Pennsylvania, where she received a B.S. degree
in biology and a B.S. in medical technology, and
subsequently worked for 16 years as a medical technologist.
She began her work in poetry with Jack Ridl of the Hope
English faculty, and in 1988 earned a master of fine arts
degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University.
Bartley is the author of two chapbooks of poetry:
"The Terrible Boundaries of the Body," published as the
winner of the Fall 1996 Poetry Chapbook Contest sponsored by
White Eagle Coffee Store Press, and "When Prayer Is Far from
Our Lips," published in 1994 by the Franciscan University
Press. Her poems have appeared in a number of journals,
including "Artful Dodge," "Hayden's Ferry Review," "Tar
River Poetry," "West Branch" and "Whetstone."