A Pennsylvania native, Jerry Wemple writes frequently about the people and places of the Susquehanna Valley. His work includes three poetry collections: You Can See It from Here, selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa for the Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award, The Civil War in Baltimore, and most recently The Artemas Poems. He is co-editor of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of several awards for writing and teaching including a Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journal chapbook prize. His poetry and creative nonfiction are included in numerous journals and anthologies. He is a Professor of English at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.
Wemple has long been intrigued by out of the way places of the Keystone State. As fellow Pennsylvania poet Julia Kasdorf noted about his first book, “This region of forests, coal mines, farms, and small towns can be as hard and silent as stone, yet … Wemple makes even its bars and bigots sing.” Wemple has lived in several locations throughout the country and traveled to more than a dozen foreign countries. He worked on a department store loading dock, served in the Navy, and was a newspaper reporter. And now he finds himself on a mid-point on the Susquehanna River, between where he was born and where he grew up.