I’m so thrilled to have some poems published in these two journals: Landlocked and Constellations. Makes the winter in Iowa a little less cold!

My new chapbook, “Teeth Have a Hardness Scale of 5” is now available to purchase at Sputnik and Fizzle Press. I’m so grateful to Isabel and Rita Campos.

Sputnik and Fizzle Press

My new chapbook is in the world from Grey Book Press!
67169E2B-EB50-4EF9-96FD-F366DA0EE9C5Here is The Vitamix and the Murder of Crows chapbook cover. Coming soon…


I’m very excited and grateful that Ben Devos at Apocalypse Party wants to publish my fourth full length poetry collection “The Vitamix and the Murder of Crows.” Stay tuned in 2018…And that Dink Press will be publishing the chapbook version!

Thanks so much to Tom Holmes at Redactions for nominating one of my Robot poems for a Pushcart this year!

Here is cover art for my forthcoming “We’re Going to Need a Higher Fence,” which tied for first place in the Lit Fest Press full length poetry contest in 2017./ This book is forthcoming in the spring 2018.)  (Art created by the amazing artist/writer Susan Yount.) Thanks so much to Jane Carman at Lit Fest Press.


Rag Queen Periodical nominated my poem “A 1996 Sister Carrie”  for Best of the Net. Thanks to the editors!

My second poetry collection, “The Messenger is Already Dead” can be purchased here from Stalking Horse Press. Thanks to James Reich! (Available March 2017.)

John Madera says this about it: “Jennifer MacBain-Stephens’s The Messenger Is Already Dead (Stalking Horse Press) is both exorcism and séance, a visceral and evocative collection of poems brimming with images of blood and bone and skin and death and rot, where angels and devils and monsters cavort among visions vivifying visionary Joan of Arc and ekphrastic engagements with Jenny Holzer, Guillermo del Toro, and Man Ray.”


Thanks so much to the Northern Virginia Review for nominating my poem “A Sparrow’s Death” for a Pushcart Prize!

Thank you to Alyss Lit Mag and Nostrovia Press for nominating my poems for Best of the Net for 2016! Thanks also to fellow poet Meg Tisinger who wrote the Nostrovia poems with me!

And without further ado, my first full length poetry book is available to purchase now (!)  here.

Big thank you’s to Yellow Chair Press editor in chief Sarah Frances Moran and editor extraordinaire E. Kristin Anderson for their work on this book!

Below is the exquisite cover art for “Your Best Asset is a White Lace Dress” I love how this photo is creepy and beautiful at the same time. Thanks to Olivia Rose Edvalson for her cover art!


“Your Best Asset…” out now  from Yellow Chair Press!

I’m so honored that Dancing Girl Press is going to publish my chapbook “She Came Out From Under The Bed, (poems inspired by the films of Guillermo del Toro.)” in 2017.

Yay! I’m so thrilled that “Clown Machine” is going to be published by Grey Book Press.
Thanks so much to Joe O’Brien at Flapperhouse for nominating my poem “Invocation: Joan of Arc Reads the Crowd,” for Best of the Net!

You can read it here: Flapperhouse

(Other Best of the Net noms in 2015 from Rogue Agent Journal and Crab Fat- my own personal hat trick.)

The reading in Pittsburgh at East End Book Exchange with Sarah Winn, Sarah Lilius, and Lesley McGilvoy was a total blast. Thanks to gracious host Michael Albright (and meeting poet Dan Shapiro was such a plus too!) Let’s do it again soon.
Thanks so much to Jill Khoury, Sara Henning, and Jen Stein Hauptmann for a Best of the Net nomination for my poem “Fertility Ritual at the 29th Parallel.” You can read this poem in Issue 2 of Rogue Agent here.

Here is an interview I do over at Carpe Noctem where I talk about my chapbooks “Jeanne” and “The Visitant”  and feminism and the writing process. Thanks Nicole Rollender for posting this. You can read it here and scroll down to 9/15/15.
My first full length poetry collection is forthcoming very soon from Yellow Chair Press!

Two chapbooks are also forthcoming this summer/fall: “Jeanne,” (Be About it Press)
and “Visitant” from Shirt Pocket Press.

I am the poet of the month at Yes, Poetry. Thanks to editor Joanna C. Valente. Read three of my poems here:

Yes, Poetry


Prompt Press #3 will also be sold at AWP this year and it will be completely Gorg. 🙂 Trust me. I’ve got three poems in this one. Thanks so much to editor, Jenny Colville, fiction writer extraordinaire.

February  2015

Meg Johnson (editor of Dressing Room Poetry Journal) graciously offered to sell my chap “Clotheshorse” at AWP this year! There is a poem in this chap that first appeared at Dressing Room Poetry. I wish I could be there. Fellow ELJ writers Sarah Lilius and Sarah Winn will make an appearance and give me all the dirt.

January 2015

My chapbook “Jeanne” has been a finalist in two contests recently! Grey Book Press and Blood Pudding Press. I love both of these presses. I hope it finds a home soon! 🙂

I am going to have some poems in the latest issue of Prompt Press 3 which will be available for purchase at this year’s AWP. This is a beautiful journal and I am so happy that I got to be a cog in the wheel of this amazing process. This issue will be designed by Liz Munger, an amazing artist and print maker. Liz is the owner of The Paper Nest in Iowa City, and here is a link to her web page, if you would like to check out her work.!gallery/cl4p

Got to hear my good friend Lauren Haldeman read from her book “Calenday” at “Barrelhouse presents Rescue Press” at the Petworth Citizen bar and reading room in DC this past Sat. night. There was also a puppet show. 🙂 It was so lovely to see her and I got a free book from Zach Savich to boot. Pretty cool!

My chapbook, CLOTHESHORSE, will be available for purchase at AWP this year in MN at The Dressing Room Journal table. Appropriate.

My chapbook “Backyard Poems” is going to be in the lineup at Dancing Girl Press and Studio for 2015. One of my most recent favorite reads was “Fetching my Sister,” by Ashley Danielle Ryle, which was published at Dancing Girl. I am so thrilled about this and major thanks to Kristy Bowen!

“Every Her Dies” is available for purchase through Emerge Literary Journal Publications! (ELJ Publications.) Ariana D. Den Bleyker was such a gem to work with.

My poem THE FUTURE is going to be part of an Underground Books Anthology Chap that is handed out at the New York Poetry Festival this July 26th and 27th. So cool! Wish I could be there.

My chapbook CLOTHESHORSE got picked up by Finishing Line Press. Couldn’t be more excited!

Going to this cool Generative Writing Workshop:

“…Our February workshop will be lead by Josh Fomon. A native of Iowa City, Josh recently completed his MFA in poetry at the University of Montana, where he was Editor-in-Chief of CutBank literary magazine and co-founder of CutBank Books. His poems have appeared in Caketrain, Ilk, Phoebe, and iO: A Journal of New American Poetry…”

Brought to you by Iowa City Poetry– run by by amazing writer/friend Lisa K. Roberts!

Seven of my poems from EHD are currently on the awesome Thirteen Myna Birds site (helmed by editor-a-trix Juliet Cook.)

My chapbook “EveryHerDies” is going to be published by Emerge Literary Journal Publications in October, 2014!

I was nominated for Best of the Net for 2013. 🙂 (Nomination came from Red Savina Review.)

Over the summer I was so  happy to participate in Iowa City’s Poetry in Public Project.  Various poems were chosen written  by Iowa City residents and displayed all over the city in public spaces/places. Lisa Roberts and I read our poems in public as well as part of the Iowa City Arts Festival!

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