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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 Artemas and Ark: the Ridge and Valley poems. He is also the author of two poetry chapbooks. 


He is co-editor, along with Marjorie Maddox, of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Wemple and Maddox have begun work on a second anthology of Pennsylvania poetry. His creative nonfiction has been published in several venues include the online journal Full Grown People and the newsmagazine

He is the recipient of several awards for writing and teaching:

  • The Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Award

  • The Word Journal Chapbook Prize

  • A Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts

  • The Jack and Helen Evans Endowed Faculty Fellowship from Bloomsburg University

  • Two-time recipient of the Dean's Salute to Excellence at Bloomsburg University

  • Bloomsburg University Institute for Culture and Society Award for Outstanding Creative Work

  • A Fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center

  • The Celebrate Literacy Award from the Susquehanna Valley Reading Council

  • A Best of the Net award nomination for poetry

  • Pushcart Prize nominations for poetry and creative nonfiction

Jerry Wemple is a Professor of English at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he teaches in the Creative Writing Program. .





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